Willemse joins Les Bleus Boks

The Rugby Paper - - European Challenge Cup -

WHAT be­gan as a trickle is now be­com­ing some­thing of a pro­ces­sion. The cap­ping by France of South African and Fi­jian play­ers shows no sign of slow­ing down what with the ar­rival of 26-year-old lock Paul Willemse, from Pre­to­ria via Mont­pel­lier.

He would have been ac­com­pa­nied by Aliv­ereti Raka had Cler­mont’s Fi­jian wing not been in the throes of re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken hand. It can be but a mat­ter of time be­fore he joins his com­pa­tri­ots Vir­imi Vakatawa and Noa Nakaitaci as part of Les Bleus.

The French do not have a mo­nop­oly on Fi­jians, not with Eng­land cap­ping Samesa Roko­duguni and Nathan Hughes. Aus­tralia re­main the chief ben­e­fi­ciary what with Te­vita Kuridrani, Harry Speight, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroi­bete and Sefa Naivalu to name but five.

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