Racing 92 have confirmed the signing of World Cup winning South Africa international Trevor Nyakane on a three-year deal in December.
Nyakane started his playing career with Free State Cheetahs in 2010 and went on to make his Super Rugby debut in 2012. The 32-year-old made a switch to Bulls in 2015 and now will make his debut in the French Top14 competition.
With his contract with Bulls originally ending in 2023, according to SuperSport, Racing have paid the Pretoria based franchise €274,000 to release him from his contract early.
Racing 92 head coach Laurent Travers welcomed Nykane to the club as they wanted to create a back up for George-Henri Colombe as he moves to La Rochelle to end of season.
“It was important to sign back-up with the departure of George-Henri Colombe. We also wanted someone with experience to help the youngsters. It’s an added value but also an example,” Travers told AFP.
“He has top-level experience. It was important that he’s able to pass it on. He can play at tight-head and loose-head prop, I think he’s even played one or two matches at hooker.
“He’s a versatile player and I hope he’ll bring what we expect".
Nyakane made his South Africa debut in 2013 and has gone on to play 54 Tests including all three appearances in the recently concluded November series. He was also part of the victorious 2019 World Cup campaign.