Currie Cup

Coenie extends Free State stay

2011-08-31 23:03
Coenie Oosthuizen (Gallo Images)
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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