Dillyn Leyds and Raymond Rhule were made in South Africa, but given the freedom to flourish in France, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
Two-time Champions Cup winner Raymond Rhule whips off his shorts and gives it to a supporter post match before heading down the Aviva Stadium tunnel in his underwear.
Springbok wingers Dillyn Leyds and Raymond Rhule wax lyrical in French post match after they celebrated becoming two-time Champions Cup winners with La Rochelle.
Holders La Rochelle will play four-time winners Leinster in the Champions Cup final after dispatching Exeter Chiefs in the semi-final in Bordeaux on Sunday.
WP Nel is on a roll after SARugbymag.co.za readers voted the Scotland prop the better rebounder over La Rochelle’s Raymond Rhule.
Raymond Rhule says having a “special bond” with fellow Springbok Dillyn Leyds has allowed the pair to blossom at La Rochelle, before Saturday’s French Top 14 trip to Bayonne.
Raymond Rhule says his time in France with newly-crowned European champions La Rochelle has taught him to be more assertive when it comes to speaking his mind.
In a coastal city of only 77 000 people, an astonishing 35 000 flooded the streets of La Rochelle to celebrate the Champions Cup trophy tour with the team.
Dillyn Leyds and Raymond Rhule led the charge as La Rochelle stunned Irish giants Leinster to claim a maiden European Champions Cup title on Saturday evening.
Raymond Rhule has overcome several career speed bumps to become a vital cog for La Rochelle going into Saturday’s European Champions Cup final against Leinster.