PRO 12 TOURNAMENT
Just when Kebble thought he had left it all behind …
Stormers and former SA under-20 prop Oli Kebble discusses his move to the Glasgow Warriors
"When I signed for Glasgow I never expected I’d still be playing rugby in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth; it’s interesting."
That was the reaction of departing Stormers and former SA under-20 prop Oli Kebble when discussing his move to the Glasgow Warriors.
Kebble, 25, was referring to the Pro 12 tournament, in which Glasgow play. That competition will include the Cheetahs and Southern Kings from September, and Kebble, unexpectedly, will come up against some old foes despite being 11,000km apart. He will join the Scottish club next week.
"I hope more South African teams start playing in Europe because it is much easier in terms of time zones and might even be more lucrative with regards to the TV rights," Kebble said. "It’s exciting and I look forward to seeing how it all works out in the coming months."
As the son of Springbok prop Guy (capped four times in 1993-94), the younger Kebble dreamed of being a senior Springbok. At his relatively youthful age, it is still a possibility, but Kebble has decided to throw his lot in with Scotland.
The Stormers front ranker, who was a member of the SA Under-20 team that won the 2012 World Championship on home soil, has decided to seek international recognition in Scotland, just as WP Nel and Josh Strauss did before him.
Kebble has not always held down a regular starting berth at the Stormers and his Bok ambitions, which were so high after 2012, have waned.
"I have signed a three-year deal with the Scottish Rugby Union and my intention is to commit my future there. I hope to get a passport and see where that leads me," Kebble said.
"It was a big decision to take but I felt it was time to make a change in my career."
The giant 124kg loosehead has already had a taste of life abroad by doing his A Levels at Dulwich College in London, playing a season at Parisian second division club Mont-de-Marsan and also enjoying a short stint at the London Irish Academy.