Former Bordeaux-Bègles prop Sekope Kepu is looking forward to facing old acquaintances when the Wallabies take on France this weekend.
Kepu, who signed for UBB after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, recently left the club to return to Australia on a Super Rugby deal from 2017.
He admitted strain on his family life was a deciding factor in his decision to fly back home but admits the stint was a “learning experience”.
“Family is a massive thing for myself, I struggled and the family struggled a bit, two boys under three for my wife, by herself and away from everyone and what she’s used to, that was always tough,” he told rugby.com.au ahead of this Saturday’s fixture at the Stade de France.
“But it was a learning experience for both of us. It was a good reality check to come over here. To get the opportunity to play Test rugby is very rare so everything worked out in the end, and I’m very grateful to be back here in France with the Wallabies.
The 30-year-old added that he picked up a few new tricks during his time in France as he looked at the positives from his spell at UBB.
“I’m very grateful and happy to go back home but I thoroughly enjoyed the football side of it,” he said.
“I learned a lot in the six months I was here and in terms of (being) a front rower it really helped me with that knowledge – you’re forever learning as a prop, regardless of what stage of your career you’re in.
“I came up against a lot of these guys that we’ll be facing on the weekend and the beauty of being in this competition is you play guys from different countries. That was a massive learning curve for me. If I can share that with the guys, my fellow front rowers and the forward pack, that’ll be one of the things I can take out from coming over here earlier in the year.”
He added on France: “There’s no shortage of front rowers here. Regardless of who they’re going to put there they’re always going to be a challenge. Their scrum is a weapon for them. We’ve got to prepare ourselves as best we can. They’re renowned for it. They love it here.
“They’re at home and if we can nullify that and keep the crowd out of the game, that’ll go a long way to giving us a bit of success.”