Fraser joins centurions club at French outfit USON Nevers

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Jason Fraser in action for French Pro D2 side USON Nevers

Zimbabwe rugby international Jason Fraser won his 100th cap for French outfit USON Nevers on Friday evening, joining a select band of centurions who have reached the milestone for the Pro D2 side.

The 31-year-old versatile loose forward led out the USON Nevers side on his special milestone and it ended up being a memorable one after the French side registered a crucial 39-13 win against Agen in front of their fans at the Stade du Pre Fleuri .

The Sables star was yet again in good form as he helped USON Nevers to a crucial victory to continue their resurgence after a slow start to the 2022-2023 campaign.

Fraser, who can play at blindside, open side and at number eight has established himself as one of USON Nevers’ finest imports in recent years, having consistently delivered for the club since his arrival in 2017.

Jason Fraser in Sables colours

The Durban-born Zimbabwean star came through the youth ranks at the Sharks and Golden Lions in South Africa before featuring for Currie Cup teams Boland Cavaliers, Pumas and Griquas between 2014 and 2017.

Fraser is one of three Zimbabwean players on the USON Nevers roster, alongside tight head props Cleopas Kundiona and Farai Mudariki.

Twenty-four-year-old Kundiona, who has been enjoying an impressive start to his career at the French second tier club, was in the starting line-up on Friday while Mudariki is still recovering from a long term injury.

Fraser made his Sables debut in a high profile international friendly against the Netherlands at the National Rugby Centre Amsterdam in the Dutch capital in June.

Zimbabwe won the match 30-7 to register their maiden victory against a European side.

He went on to feature in all three matches for Zimbabwe at the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup in France, which doubled as the qualifiers for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Fraser was one of Zimbabwe’s top performers during the qualifiers in July but his efforts were in vain as the Sables missed out on World Cup qualification after losing to the eventual winners Namibia in the semifinals.

 

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