Sekope Kepu to farewell NSW Waratahs at end of the season


6/05/2019



By NSW Rugby Media

Long standing New South Wales Waratahs servant Sekope Kepu has announced he has signed with London Irish when his contract with the NSW Waratahs finishes this year.

With 135 Waratahs caps to his name, Kepu has been a loyal servant to New South Wales. He admitted now was the right time for him and his family to experience something new.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said “Sekope has become a real leader for the team and will leave with a reputation of strong scrummaging and a running and passing skill-set that rivals a centre. He is and absolute gentlemen of the game and will be missed.

“He will also leave a legacy for young aspiring props who have benefitted from his knowledge and willingness to nurture the next generation. I hope to see him back one day and serve the sport as a coach.

"Being a longstanding member of the Waratahs, his influence I'm sure will be felt for many years yet.

“There are many of our younger blokes who have benefited from training and playing alongside Sekope and while we will be sad to lose him, it will make way for the next generation to step up," said Gibson.

Kepu said the decision was one that comes at the right time for him and his family and one they had been discussing for a while.

“It’s great opportunity for my family to try something new and I think it’s the right time for us to move. My family is very important for me.

“I’m excited to be able to go to a club with a lot of history and play in a different competition.

“But right now I’m in the middle of the Super Rugby season and I very much want to give everything I have to the Tahs.

“I’ll be doing my best over the next few months, whatever I can do to contribute to the team on and off the field.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity that was given to me in 2008…. it’s certainly been a real ride.

“I’ve only ever played for one Club in Super Rugby and I’ve had the most enjoyable time with the Waratahs,” he said.


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