As Nizaam Carr’s stint with Wasps draws to an end, he reflects on “an unbelievable experience”.
Carr, who has only been with the Wasps for two and a half months, speaks of a very accepting environment and a real sense of “brotherhood” whilst also paying tribute to the support in saying “What stood out for me most was the passion of the fans”. Much like back in Cape Town, he later mentions.
He further attributes his success at and enjoyment of the club to these fans, crediting them for that extra bit of support that aids a performace on match day, as well as paying tribute to the kids who he feels the team manages to inspire.
Repeatedly describing the whole experience as special, Carr is to be credited as much for his success as he credits his team mates and fans. He makes mention of his intent being to play rugby and not “go out and party too much” which speaks volumes of the work ethic of a young player in a new environment, who very easily could not have had the same approach. Yet it has been his performences that pay the biggest testament to his attitude and success, scoring a try and being a stand out player in his last encounter against the Harlequins.
Carr highlights his side’s win against Leicester, in which he also managed to score a try, as his stand out moment over in the UK, acknowledging the toughness of English sides and the special feeling of getting a win on Wasps’ home ground. Along this highlight, Carr makes mention of the experience of playing against his idol Schalk Burger, who he looked up to not only as a kid of eight years old but as a mentor at the Stormers.
Upon his return Carr wishes to continue in the same vane, expressing his support for new Stormers captain Siya Kolisi and their mutual dream of winning Super Rugby with Stormers.
While his future post the Super Rugby season is unconfirmed, Carr says he’s excited for when it comes time to make the decision of where to go. However at the end of the day “its about enjoyment” and a Nizam Carr with a newly updated skill set, enjoying his rugby in South Africa, can only be an asset.
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