It’s really good to be back - Deysel


Cell C Sharks flanker, Jean Deysel, said that he missed the physicality of Super Rugby, after returning to the Durban-based team following a spell in Japan playing for Top League side, Toyota Verblitz.

“I’m very happy to be back,” he said on the Sharks official website.

“When Gary Gold (Sharks coach) spoke to me about three weeks ago about a return, it was an easy decision to make. It’s great to come back to Durban, to see the players again and it’s a great union to play for.”

Deysel added that he missed his “home” as well as the South African traditions.

“I missed the braais to be honest,” he said.

“Being in Japan was a great experience. For me to go there and see, that was awesome, but this is home and it’s where all my friends and family are. There were a lot of things I missed and it’s really good to be back.”

The 29-year-old flanker was pulled off the bench for the Sharks first Super Rugby match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs last weekend, which they lost 35-29.

He admitted that he was very nervous for the Cheetahs game, and that he had butterflies in his stomach.

“I can’t remember when I’ve been that nervous before a game; maybe eight years ago when I played my first game, but I think I was even more nervous this time around,” he said.

“I played just 30 minutes on Saturday and I battled to get out of the car on Sunday, whereas when I played in Japan, Sunday’s were good. It’s a lot more physical, you do miss that and the heavy competitiveness of it,” he added.

The Sharks take on the Xerox Golden Lions for their second 2015 Super Rugby match at Kings Park on Saturday evening. 


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