South African rugby

Nizaam Carr
BKT United Rugby Championship.
Photo: Luca Sighinolfi/INPHO/Shutterstock/ Backpagepix

Why South African rugby is the best in the world

South African derbies in the United Rugby Championship are the pinnacle of franchise competition according to a local star.

South African rugby

Nizaam Carr
BKT United Rugby Championship.
Photo: Luca Sighinolfi/INPHO/Shutterstock/ Backpagepix

Bulls star Nizaam Carr believes that South African derbies in the United Rugby Championship are the pinnacle of franchise competition. 

South African rugby is the best in the world

Carr is chomping at the bit to get his chance to prove that he is worthy of a Springbok recall and hopes to impress against the Sharks.

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“We know the Sharks is a very physical team. They are set-piece driven and we are excited,” Carr said.

“We as players like judging and testing ourselves against the best in the world and we [as South Africans] are the best in the world because we are back-to-back World Cup champions.

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“I’m looking forward to it. These are the games where you find out if you are a big player or not.

“My whole career since high school is always sort of having to prove myself, and I guess it’s like that for every other player – you want to show that even at this age you still belong at this level.

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“A number of times, especially with my family, they say, I’m old and bald and things like that. But I always want to prove that I’m capable of being at this level and outshining guys who are current Springboks.”

To be the man who have got to beat the man

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Carr hopes that shining against a Springbok-filled Sharks team will put him back in the frame for international duty.

“I [have played for Springboks] and a good example for me is Deon Fourie winning a World Cup [aged 37] this year,” he said.

“That is hope for a lot of us to get back in the set-up, and there’s no better platform than against those guys [Bok-laden Sharks] this weekend, or any SA derby.”

Carr is set for something of a Stormers reunion with Eben Etzebeth and Sikhumbuzo Notshe visiting Loftus.

“I grew up with them in Cape Town, so definitely going to throw them a chirp or two,” Carr said.

“Eben is a solid character and an even greater rugby player.

“Notshe has improved so much and taken his game to another level.

“So, really looking forward to it.”