Carlu Sadie, one of the fresh new faces at the Emirates Lions, has spoken about settling in with his new team mates in Johannesburg, moving from Bellville, the place he grew up in, and about the huge influence former Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys has had on him.
"I can honestly say that I felt welcome at the Lions from day one. The altitude was a bit of a problem at first, but they made sure that was sorted out with some rigorous fitness in the pre-season," Sadie commented during the Lions' media day on Thursday.
Sadie (21) received a call from coach Swys de Bruin who invited him to join the Lions and the youngster felt a change was on the cards, especially playing behind two Springboks at the Stormers like Wilco Louw and Frans Malherbe.
"I looked at the Lions culture and what they stand for and that made the move easy, as its the same values that I follow in my life."
Sadie was full of praise for the role that Redelinghuys, the Lions' scrum coach and mentor to the youngsters, plays in shaping him as a player, prop en human being.
"To listen to him, and to know where he has been and what he went through has been a huge honour. As a schoolboy I looked up to him and to walk with him every day and greet in itself is a massive honour," the burly young prop said.
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31 January 2018
Photo: Carlu Sadie