Old Quee­nian in Ital­ian squad

The Rep - - SPORTS SCENE - MAXWELL LEVINE

Jo­han Meyer has pledged his rugby ca­reer to Ital­ian rugby. This was con­firmed by his se­lec­tion to the Ital­ian na­tional team last week.

The 25-year-old for­mer Quee­nian, known as “Plank” to his friends, joined the Sharks straight af­ter school and played age-group rugby be­tween 2012 and 2014. He played for the Sharks in the U19 side, the Vo­da­com Cup and a few Cur­rie Cup games.

At 1.93m and 104kg, Meyer is a large loose for­ward and im­me­di­ately made an im­pact at Ze­bre af­ter sign­ing for the Ital­ian out­fit in 2015. He has played in the Euro­pean Cup and Guin­ness PRO14.

Italy has called up Meyer on res­i­dency grounds since he has been stay­ing and play­ing in the coun­try from 2015.

It is a per­fect plat­form for the player for 2019’s Rugby World Cup. He is set to make his de­but for Italy on Satur­day as he is se­lected to start in the No6 jersey against Ire­land. The fu­ture is cer­tainly look­ing bright for one of Ko­mani’s own in Meyer.

JO­HAN MEYER

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