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After South African clubs debuted in EPCR competitions last season, we’re taking a look at some of the players who enjoyed standout campaigns and will be seeking to make a further impression in 2023/24.

Back-row forward Nizaam Carr will be key for Vodacom Bulls again as they look to build on their debut Heineken Champions Cup campaign.

The Pretoria-based side have been drawn into Pool 1 for the 2023/24 competition and will be up against Saracens, Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Bristol Bears, Connacht Rugby and Lyon as they bid to reach the knockout stage for a second season running.

Carr was an influential figure as Vodacom Bulls reached the Round of 16 in 2022/23, playing more minutes (308) than any of his teammates.

The 32-year-old crossed in a thrilling Round 1 victory over Lyon (42-36), Vodacom Bulls’ first ever game in EPCR competitions.

He started the remaining three pool stage games, including a vital Round 3 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld, and made a total of 42 tackles – only Marco van Staden made more for the BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) outfit.

Carr missed the Round of 16 as Vodacom Bulls were dumped out at the hands of Stade Toulousain, but his pool stage exploits combined with his time at Wasps means he now sits on 20 EPCR appearances.

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