Uncertainties At Cheetahs Fuel Exodus

The Toyota Cheetahs tighthead prop, Luan de Bruin has confirmed his departure from the Cheetahs and cited the uncertainties regarding the Cheetahs' future the main reason for his decision. The Cheetahs recently greeted Benhard Janse van Rensburg (NEC Green Rockets), Walt Steenkamp (Bulls) and Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers). According to reports, another player may also announce his plans sooner than later.

De Bruin will leave Bloemfontein end November to join the Leicester Tigers for seven months before heading to Edinburgh for three years. De Bruin will join ex Affies teammate Pierre Schoeman in Edinburgh.

Speaking to OFM Sport, Cheetahs head coach Hawies Fourie admitted losing a player like De Bruin is a setback, however, he believes the Cheetahs have quality back-ups.

“It’s a big blow to lose a player of Luan’s stature, he has been at the Cheetahs for about eight seasons now. He’s starting to come into his own, and he’s owning the starting position with Aranos being injured."

“It will be a big setback for us, but luckily we’ve Khutha on loan from the Sharks for a whole season and he will be with us until October next year. We’ve got a short-term contract with the experienced Hencus van Wyk. He has played for the Sunwolves, Lions and the Bulls in the Super Rugby, so we’ve got quality back-up,”