Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane joins French outfit Racing 92

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 07: Trevor Nyakane of South Africa celebrates as South Africa beat British & Irish Lions 19-16 to win the Castle Lager Lions Series 2-1 at FNB Stadium on August 7, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

South African prop and Rugby World Cup winner Trevor Nyakane has joined French Top 14 side Racing 92 from South African franchise Vodacom Bulls with immediate effect.

“Today we say goodbye to loyal servant and Vodacom Bulls colossus Trevor Nyakane. Big Trev, we will miss all your larger-than-life smiles, massive scrums and big hits. Good luck with your next chapter at Racing 92. Sterkte, brother,” the Bulls said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: Trevor Nyakane celebrates after South Africa’s win against the British & Irish Lions to clinch the Castle Lager Lions Series at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. /Getty Images

Racing 92 reportedly paid a fee of R5 million (about £237,000) to secure the services of the versatile 32-year-old who can play on both sides of the scrum. Nyakane made 82 appearances for the Bulls in addition to being capped 54 times for the Springboks.

Racing head coach Laurent Travers said it was important to sign cover following the departure of George-Henri Colombe to La Rochelle at the end of the season.

“We also wanted someone with experience to help the youngsters. It’s an added value but also an example.”

“He has top-level experience. It was important that he’s able to pass it on. He can play at tighthead and loosehead 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”.

Meanwhile, Nyakane’s teammate and Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard is set to join English Premiership side Leicester Tigers when his contract with French outfit Montpellier runs out at the end of the current season.

Pollard would come in as a direct replacement for England’s George Ford who is set to join Premiership rivals Sale Sharks at the end of the season.

Reports suggest the 27-year-old has rejected more lucrative offers, particularly from Japan, to make the move to England.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)