Vodacom Western Province have another reason to smile this weekend, as former Springbok Selbourne Boome returns after a lengthy stint abroad.
The versatile forward brings a lot of experience to a young WP side, having racked up over 100 First Class games and 20 Test caps with the Springboks. Besides playing for the Cape Town side, he has also represented Montferrand in France and Northampton in the English Premier League. But the Mother City will always be home.
“I love Cape Town, and it’s awesome to be involved in WP rugby again,” he told keo.co.za.
Like Bolla Conradie, Boome was involved in the great WP team that played such memorable running rugby at the turn of the century. He agrees that those times are most definitely returning.
“It’s an exciting time to come into a team that is playing so well. Obviously, we are still developing and there are a lot of young guys in the side, so we can only get better.”
A lot of questions have been asked over the depth of the side, as they have been unlucky with injuries this season. So far, the depth in the WP squad is looking good, and if you take a look at the names competing for Boome’s position at lock, they confirm this point.
The young Francois van der Merwe and Gerrie Britz have been the preferred starting combination in the absence of Ross Skeate and Andries Bekker, both who should return to the field in the next few weeks. Rob Linde is another experienced head in the mix, having played almost 50 games for Province.
Considering Boome can also play at No 8, WP are similarly well covered in the loose forward department, already having Luke Watson, Justin Melck, Pieter Louw, Pieter Myburg and even Gerrie Britz to choose from.
“There is a lot of competition within the side at the moment.” coach Kobus van der Merwe told this website. “Having a versatile player like Selbourne in the mix is a huge advantage.”
Boome should get some game time in the second half against the Valke. “It’s going to be tough, and our forwards will have to work really hard to give our backs a good platform,” Boome said.
“But I’m looking forward to it. I don’t mind who I start playing against. I’m ready to make a big contribution to this team.”
By Jon Cardinelli