Mvovo: Black rugby players shouldn't be shy to go overseas

Mvovo will be the first black player from the country to play rugby in Japan when he joins the Canon Eagles.

Sharks utility back Lwazi Mvovo. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Sharks utility back Lwazi Mvovo has told EWN Sport that he hopes to inspire other black South African players to explore options abroad.

Mvovo will be the first black player from the country to play rugby in Japan when he joins the Canon Eagles.

The 31-year-old has been capped 17 times for the Springboks and says he was ready for a new challenge. He will return to the Sharks in time for Super Rugby next year.

Mvovo says players should not be shy of playing their rugby overseas.

"If things aren't going their way or the way they've planned, then just try something different and it will really improve your game and allow you to explore a different culture."

Mvovo feels that it is his duty to be an example for up and coming black rugby players.

"I think that there are lot of players that I have to set an example for and mentor into reaching higher grounds and one day play for the Springboks."

Mvovo says he constantly gets messages from young players who he has made an impact on.

"I get messages everyday from youngsters who have made an impact in their young careers and they look up to me. As an example, anything they dream of and want to achieve, you can just work hard and reach your goals."