A classic modern-day front-rower with his physicality and mobility being some of his strongest attributes but what sets Nykane part from the rest is the fact that he can comfortably play loosehead and tighthead prop.
His professional career started with the Cheetahs in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup before he moved to the Bulls in 2014.
In June 2013 he made his test debut for the Springboks against Italy in Durban. He came on from the bench in the 73rd minute as loosehead-prop replacement for Tendai Mtawarira.
Since making his debut in 2012, Nyakane has gone on to feature in over 90 Super Rugby matches and will look to bring up his century in 2019.
In August Nyakane signed a new one-year deal with the Bulls that will saw him remain at the franchise until the end of October 2019.
He has played in 91 Super Rugby matches, 42 for the Cheetahs and 49 for the Bulls, and has also donned the green and gold of the Springboks on over 40 occasions.
The versatile front row claimed a place in the Springboks squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, he had to withdraw through injury in the pool stage and was replaced by Thomas du Toit. South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.
Nyakane was named te Bulls vice-captain for the 2020 Super Rugby season. Nyakane won the Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup with the Bulls in 2020 also helping the side to the Rainbow Cup Final.
June 2021 saw him being named in South Africa's 46-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour. He turned out for the South Africa A team who managed a 17-13 victory over Warren Gatland's charges.
(JW 30 June )
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|South Africa A
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