Top 14 will improve Kepu

Date published: November 24 2015

Australia prop Sekope Kepu can't wait to begin the latest chapter of his career in France with Bordeaux-Bègles.

Kepu was unveiled by the Top 14 club this week after arriving from Australia with his family.

The father-of-three admitted the move was not just a big switch for himself as a player but for his entire family.

"This is a new step in my career. My family and I were itching to get to France. Playing here will change me, first as first player, but also for my family. I'm convinced that we will enjoy discovering this magnificent country," Kepu told Rugbyrama.

"When the opportunity presented itself here with UBB, this was a difficult and important decision for me, for my family. Rugby is important, but my family even more so." 

The 29-year-old always views playing in a league where scrummagging is so important as something that can only improve his technical abilities in the set-piece.

"It will not be easy playing in one of the best competitions in the world, but it is a challenge for me. I will try to bring my experience of Test rugby and Super Rugby to help the team achieve its goals," he added.

"The standing of the scrum in the Top 14 was also instrumental in my decision to come here. It's a good opportunity for me to develop myself as a prop facing some of the best in the world in my position.

"I also talked with friends who visited Bordeaux and with players like Ole Avei or Metuisela Talebula during the World Cup who said it was a great city, and they had immediately liked living here and they enjoyed playing rugby here."

Kepu hasn't turned up in Bordeaux without doing his homework, especially when it comes the region's best wines. Now his next challenge is to learn the language.

He said: "I looked on the internet how the team played, to try and familarise myself with the tactics, the names of the players, the stadium.

"And I saw that Bordeaux was a beautiful city. Now I just have to learn French!"