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Coenie extends Free State stay

2011-08-31 23:03

Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have receive a big boost when promising prop forward Coenie Oosthuizen signed at the union until the end of 2012 on Wednesday.

This completes a string of recent signings that is sure to boost the Bloemfontein team's fortunes in the coming seasons.

Centre Robert Ebersohn, his brother and flyhalf Sias, loose forward Philip van der Walt, flyhalf Johan Goosen and wing Philip Snyman all recently extended their contracts at the union.

And according to Oosthuizen's agent, Gerrie Swart, it wasn't a hard decision for the burly prop, even though there was lots of interest from other unions.

"Coenie's decision to stay is grounded on his loyalty to the Cheetahs and his goal to help his team-mates mould Free State into a stronger force, while at the same time to also improve as a player," Swart told the Volksblad newspaper.

"Coenie is someone that could develop into the best player in his position in the world.

"Therefore, there has always been widespread international interest in Coenie since his first year after school, and it should remain that way," said the agent.

Oosthuizen played for the Springboks against the Barbarians on last year's tour to Britain, but is yet to make his Test debut.

Cheetahs scrum guru, Os du Randt, also had a lot to do with Oosthuizen's decision to stay in Bloemfontein, according to Swart.

He said Du Randt is someone whom Oosthuizen has always looked up to since he was a youngster and that made the decision an easy one.

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Comments
  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-09-01 03:48

    Great for the Cheetahs, they deserve the loyalty.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 06:04

    Dis omdat King Pie in Welkom die lekkerste pies maak.

      jk - 2011-09-01 09:13

      jy moet by bethlehem se king pie n pepper steak gaan eet...

      Jenny - 2011-09-01 12:01

      Jealousy makes you nasty!

      jk - 2011-09-01 14:09

      JENNY- JY HET DEFINITIEF NOG NIE BETHLEHEN SE PEPPER STEAK GEEET NIE??MMMMM..

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-09-01 06:54

    Ai bly om te hoor daar is mense wat nog trots het

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 06:57

      Soos die manager van Welkom se King Pie.

      jk - 2011-09-01 09:14

      dis bethlehem se king pie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SAHID - 2011-09-01 07:17

    FANTASTIC COENIE !!!!!!! GOOD TO HEAR THAT THERE ARE STILL PLAYERS WHO ARE LOYAL TO THEIR UNIONS, NOT LONGING FOR THE "BIG" MONEY AND CROSSING OVER THE JUKSKEI.......EISH

      Zip23 - 2011-09-01 07:52

      Me thinks there were no better offers, his agent spinning. Bulls not interested in him, good in the loose, but not that great a scrummer, would fit in nicely at WP.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 08:07

      Zip, maybe in 10 years' time, when he's closer to retirement, WP will probably take him.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-01 08:19

      Yup, theyll take any prop they can get their filthy little hands on.

      jk - 2011-09-01 09:16

      zippie&dozer- please remove yourself from my site please!!!

  • Jenny - 2011-09-01 13:12

    Well done News24, the starting team was released yesterday, try putting that in your article too. Hennie Daniller, Philip Burger, Robert Ebersohn, Philip Snyman, Cameron Jacobs, Johan Goosen, Pieter van Zyl, Boom Prinsloo, Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagné, Izak van der Westhuizen, Francois Uys, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss (k), Marcel van der Merwe. RESERVES: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Johan Wessels, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Riaan Smit.

      jk - 2011-09-01 14:10

      JENNY- IS JY N BLOEMFONTEINER???...

      Zip23 - 2011-09-01 14:23

      Shes way too hot for you, jk.

      jk - 2011-09-01 14:26

      ZIPPIE- PLEASE DONT MAKE ME LAUGH! REMEMBER WHO YOU TALKING TO...IITS JK!!

  • pappavyf - 2011-09-02 12:09

    Hy is moes na n wen provinsie gaan, WP!!!!

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