One in all Welsh rugby’s excellent cult heroes set to go away Scarlets


Scarlets fan favorite Uzair Cassiem is ready to affix Bayonne subsequent season.

Stories in France say the favored quantity eight, who has turn into a cult determine in Llanelli for his performances on the pitch and his interplay with followers off it, will hyperlink up with the French outfit this summer time.

RMC report that the eight-cap Springbok has joined Bayonne after three years in west Wales.

The previous Cheetahs star had beforehand turned down profitable provides to affix up with the Scarlets – then coached by Wayne Pivac – however arrived in 2018.

His performances on the pitch made him a fan favorite, whereas he did his justifiable share off the pitch too.

After a Problem Cup victory out in Bayonne again in December 2019, the published staff was making an attempt to find him out on the pitch to do his Man of the Match interview, solely to search out he was celebrating with the travelling followers within the stand.

He additionally engages repeatedly with Scarlets supporters on social media they usually responded in variety, with a bunch of them carrying faux Cassiem beards in his honour at matches again when followers had been allowed inside the bottom.

Talking about his recognition with followers, Cassiem instructed WalesOnline final 12 months: “For the primary few months, loneliness kicks in and you might be lacking just a few individuals at house.

“Then me and my spouse sat down and had a dialog and we stated we have to embrace it, put ourselves on the market, make buddies and present individuals who we actually are.

“From the place I come from in South Africa, it’s what I’m used to, followers coming as much as you after the sport and connecting with them.

“It’s simply good to get a really feel of what they suppose, as a result of their ideas depend, and I have to thank them as a result of they do not know the impact they’ve on the staff.

“The followers, the supporters are the largest asset of the membership. With out them, we wouldn’t be a membership. We don’t need to be enjoying in empty stadiums, it’s not good.

“Driving in to video games, you see the Scarlets flags and little boys that aspire to be like Ken Owens, Jake Ball or whoever.

“The followers are right here week-in, week-out, in sunshine and rain, cheering on the staff. It’s actually one thing to witness.

“So let’s get behind them, cheer them on and thank them for all their efforts.

“The bond with supporters after video games is vital. You may see, having a chat with them, what a distinction it makes of their lives. It places a smile on their faces.”

Information of his reported departure has been met with followers paying tribute to the likeable 31-year-old.


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