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News24.com | SA prop eager to play Test rugby for Scotland

Pierre Schoeman. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Pierre Schoeman. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

South African-born prop Pierre Schoeman hopes to represent Scotland in the near future.

The former Bulls front ranker joined Edinburgh in 2018 and is among a host of players who will qualify to play for their adopted nations in 2021.

Schoeman will not have to wait until 2023, after World Rugby extended its three-year residency rule due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The eligibility rules for players representing an adopted country is set to be increased to five years from 31 December 2021.

The 26-year-old told Rapport newspaper it’s a “big motivation” for him to play for Scotland.

“It’s not about the money. You want to be able to tell your child that you have played internationally and against the best. It is every rugby player’s dream,” he said.

Schoeman also has a slim chance of being selected for the British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa next year, although it’s not his main aim.

“It’s first Edinburgh, then Scotland. Then hopefully the British & Irish Lions. I would also like to play in the next World Cup. But one step at a time.”

Schoeman was also one of four South Africans named in the PRO14 Dream Team for the 2019-20 season, the others being his Edinburgh team-mates Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe, as well as Joseph Dweba, who recently left the Cheetahs for French club Bordeaux-Begles.

– Compiled by Sport24 staff

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