The Stormers are reportedly looking at a Cape Town schoolboy as a possible answer to their flyhalf woes and may look to blood him in next year’s Super 15.
South African Schools flyhalf Timo Swiel has been training with the Stormers squad and coach Allister Coetzee revealed that Swiel will be given a chance to show what he is capable of in the pre-season friendlies.
The rest is up to the Bishops star.
"Yes, he has been training with the squad. But he is still very young and I haven’t really seen much of him yet. He will however get an opportunity to rub shoulders with experienced Springboks to gain first-hand knowledge on how things are done," Coetzee told Die Son newspaper.
"Timo (Timothy) still has a long way to go but one can never be too young. We will give him an opportunity in the pre-season friendlies to show what he is capable of. We did the same with a youngster like prop Steven Kitshoff last year and he came through," Coetzee added.
The Stormers will start the season proper with veteran number 10 Peter Grant – depending on availability – but after suffering an injury crisis in the position last year, Swiel may be the answer to the side’s long-term future in the position.
The Cape Town team lost Grant, Gary van Aswegen, Lionel Cronje, Kurt Coleman and Demetri Catrakilis to injuries last season and were forced to go outside the squad on more than one occasion.
Swiel may be well down the pecking order at the moment, of course, but judging by the video below, the 18-year-old has plenty of talent and it is unsurprising that he is the cause of such excitement in the Cape.