Bloemfontein - Cheetahs loose forward Willie Britz is enjoying a new lease of life back in Bloemfontein.
After the 2014 season ended in October, Britz completed his move back to the Cheetahs, where he started his professional rugby career as a junior.
He represented Free State at Under-19 and Under-21 levels between 2006 and 2009. He also represented Shimlas in the Varsity Cup, and the Griffons at senior provincial level.
However, a lack of starting opportunities saw him make a move to the Golden Lions, where he has regularly played in Super Rugby and Currie Cup between 2012 and 2014.
After helping the Johannesburg-based team to their most successful Super Rugby campaign and the Currie Cup final, he's now focused on helping the Cheetahs rebuild for next season.
"It's been great being back in Bloem. After all, this is where my professional career started and I studied at the University of Free State," Britz told MyPlayers.co.za.
"Nothing much has changed over here. There are a couple of new buildings and few old buildings have gone, but everything else is still the same.
"This has helped me to settle in quite nicely. During my free time, I've had the opportunity to catch up with some old friends. So life is very good right now."
Britz added that he's been impressed with the talent in the squad.
"There is a serious amount of exciting talent in this Cheetahs squad. Especially among the young players who are coming through the ranks," said Britz. "The team has lost a few experienced players, but there is a good group of leaders, especially with guys like Joe Pietersen and JW Jonker coming in.
"We're busy with off-season training right now, and we're focused on strengthening and conditioning. We hope to be ready and sharp going into the 2015 season."
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