The DHL Stormers have had a great season thus far as players adapted well to the new style of play. Despite a poor showing in New Zealand, the Stormers are a force to be reckoned with on their home soil. Although they have been plagued with injuries, they have used it as an opportunity to develop young players and have been more successful than one would think.
However, long-term plans become frustrating within rugby unions as players are continuously experiencing movement. But the signing of three Springboks place that took place on Wednesday may just see the Stormers as strong competitors two years from now.
According to supersport, Springboks Frans Malhberbe, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit already committed to Western Province Rugby until 2019. On Wednesday they were joined by the key forwards Siya Kolisi and Steven Kitshoff. Bok centre Damian de Allende is also included in the signings.
Kitshoff returns from a two-year spell in France to rejoin the only union he ever represented in South Africa, whilst flank Kolisi and centre De Allende have both signed two-year contract extensions, says sport24.
Gert Smal, Western Province director of rugby mentioned that Kitshoff, Kolisi and De Allende’s signings are important for the growth and long-term vision of the Stormers and Western Province.
Smal said: “We have a strong group of senior players that will take us forward in the next few years and provide crucial guidance for the young talent we have coming through the ranks all the time”
Paul Zacks, Western Province Rugby Group CEO affirmed this notion, revealing the importance these players will have on the way forward.
“These players are already established seniors despite their relatively young age and having them on board for the next two years is a massive boost for us.
“I look forward to seeing all three players take their careers to the next level at Newlands,” Zacks concluded.