Lardy Davids is adding weight, in every sense, to the Cheetahs Currie Cup campaign.
The former Springbok and Western Province lock, who left Western Province amid claims that his exclusion from the squad was based on race, has returned to South Africa where he may find the race card still carries more weight than his 120 kilogram frame did in the English Premiership.
Davids has been contracted to the Cheetahs after Gloucester refused to renew his contract. Davids was flown to London a month before the Premiership to do an additional fitness course and then still could never crack it, making just six first team appearances in a season of 40-odds games. He also only started in two of these matches.
When Davids left Gloucester there was not talk about him being too black to make the team. He kind of acknowledged he was just not good enough to play, by quietly seeking solace in South Africa.