Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu says Australia has some good young front-rowers coming through.
Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu says Australia has some good young front-rowers coming through. DEAN LEWINS

Kepu praises - and fears - young props

RUGBY: Sekope Kepu admits he is excited and scared at the emergence of props Tom Robertson and Allan Alaalatoa.

Both are in the squad for Sunday morning's (AEST) Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Pretoria and Argentina in London the following week.

Kepu said while he was happy to see the emergence of the two front-rowers, he was beginning to look over his shoulder.

"It's exciting and scary for me,” the 30-year-old said.

"I'm just more happy for Australian rugby that we've got young guys coming through and the important thing for those young guys is to get that experience and bide their time.

"I'm almost 10 years older than a couple of those guys.

"They're in a great program and it's exciting for me to know when I move on there's a lot of great young props and players - not only can they scrum but they can run and carry the ball a fair bit.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has also said he might convert 22-year-old Robertson from tighthead to loosehead to balance out the Australian pack.

"If that's what they've got planned, I'm sure he'll take that with two hands,” Kepu, a loosehead prop, said.

"He's going to become a doctor so he's a smart cookie and he knows his footy.

"He's always learning, asking questions, and I'm sure he'll be there in the program for the next little while.”

Meanwhile, South Africa five-eighth Pat Lambie is likely to return for the Springboks from the bench after a spell on the sidelines after being knocked out against Ireland in June.

He said migraines he had after the knock from Irish flanker CJ Stander left him listless and bereft of energy, but he was happy he could play again.

"I'm thrilled to be back, very excited to be included in the group again. I've missed being part of the Springboks, so it is wonderful to be back,” he said.

"It has been quite frustrating sitting on the sidelines, especially for how long it took to get better again. But thankfully I've been looked after well off the field.”



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