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April 06, 2017

Oli Kebble has international ambitions

Posted by Editor on April 6, 2017 05:49 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Oli Kebble will join Glasgow next season
Oli Kebble will join the Warriors next season and the South African-born prop says he has ambitions to play international rugby for Scotland.

Oli will join Glasgow Warriors from the Cape Town-based Stormers after his Super Rugby commitments and will qualify for Scotland honours after completing three years of residency under World Rugby's eligibility criteria.

He could follow in the footsteps of fellow-prop WP Nel who qualified for Scotland during his time with Edinburgh.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Oli said: "That's definitely a goal of mine. I'd love to play international rugby and to play for Scotland would be a great honour. I know there's a three-year waiting period and we'll see how far I come, but it would definitely be a great thing if I could represent Scotland one day.

"For any rugby player, the ultimate goal would be to play international rugby, so I definitely considered that when talking to the Scottish Rugby Union, and that's why I chose Glasgow in the end."

The son of former Springboks prop Guy, Kebble represented South Africa at U20 level, turning out in the same side as current Scotland front-row Allan Dell.

But the loose-head has grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities in his homeland and believes Scotland can provide alternative route to the international stage - even if, as has been widely mooted, the residency period is extended from three to five years.

Josh Strauss qualified for Scotland after spending three years with Glasgow, establishing himself as a vital part of the Warriors back-row.

Fellow loose forward CJ Stander followed the same path to Ireland honours, and starred for Joe Schmidt's men during this year's Six Nations Championship.

"I'm quite keen for a change, live overseas for a bit," Oli added. "I've been sticking around here and I haven't really had a look-in at all, so I decided to make the move.

"There are a lot of great props in South Africa, but the fact that I'm not getting any closer over the past three or four Super Rugby seasons has definitely been a factor.

"I remember watching WP Nel when I was at school; he was a great prop for the Cheetahs, and I was sad to see him leave South Africa, but I think he's really made the most of his opportunities, so I'm looking to do a similar thing for sure.

"I think with guys like CJ, it was a similar situation to me. They were playing Super Rugby, but playing behind some great players. So just looking for opportunities elsewhere and taking those opportunities with both hands.

"There's just such a great pool of rugby talent in South Africa, so many schools play rugby here and there are lots of guys coming through all the time. Sometimes it's difficult to manage all the talent when you can only pick 15 or 23 players every day. Some guys wait for their chance to come, and other players decide to maybe go look somewhere else."