WP sign De Villiers and CJ

2010-06-08 19:46

Cape Town - WP Rugby on Tuesday announced that Springbok centre Jean de Villiers has returned to the Newlands fold and will be available for Currie Cup and Super 15 duty until the end of the 2011 season.

De Villiers spent the past year with the Irish outfit Munster but has decided to return to South Africa with the intention of securing a place in the Springbok squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The announcement was made by WP's Senior Professional Coach Rassie Erasmus and MD of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd Rob Wagner at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.

The other big scoop for the union was the acquisition of prop CJ van der Linde who has just returned to South Africa after a two-year stint in Ireland with Leinster.

He will be playing for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup competition until the end of the year, and then takes up a one-year contact with Province for the 2011 season.

The Fiji-born wing Sireli Naqelevuki has parted ways with Newlands after his contract came to an end. He has returned to Fiji and has been named in his country's national team to play Japan over the weekend.

He produced some excellent performances during the Super 14 season and some European clubs have shown interest in him.

Flyhalf Peter Grant will not be around for the Currie Cup season as he has been given leave to play in Japan.

Despite several excellent performances for the Stormers this year, Grant has not found favour with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and was overlooked for recent Springbok squads.

Grant will, however, return to Cape Town for the Super 15 season next year.


  • Stormers Forever (now WP Forever) - 2010-06-08 20:36

    Welcome back Jean, it will always be good to see in the blue and white hoops. CJ will give us desperately needed depht at tighthead, Brock deserves a break. To Peter good luck enjoy the break. I heard he was going to play at the same club than Tony Brown. Is this the making of Rassie to attend to his so called suspect tactical kicking before S15. I hope so, because then everybody will see the value he can bring to a team.

  • WP lekker - 2010-06-08 20:52

    Welkom terug manne! Jean you will work well on wing or fullback or.........flyhalf, and if we pay the ref's as much as the bulls then we will walk the currie cup and the super 15!

  • Stormer - 2010-06-08 21:05

    Goeie nuus! Wens net Hougaard wil terugkom kaap toe en die bulls los!

  • Paul - 2010-06-08 21:17

    Welcome back! Pity that one of the Juan's will need to be on the bench though.

  • Stormsaam - 2010-06-08 21:49

    My heart goes out to Peter Grant. To be overlooked after a brilliant Super 14 must really be a bitter pill to swallow. And that in favour of a clown like Butch James. This may just come back to bite Pieter de Villiers hard on his arse!

  • Obvious - 2010-06-08 22:17

    Great player. Hope he can stay injury free for 5 games

  • Emile - 2010-06-08 22:29

    Excellent contracting by Rassie. Hope the Sharks will look, learn and apply. Will be great to see the Sharks and Stormers at the same level as the Bulls next year - all good for SA Rugby. No, I'm not a Shark or Stormer supporter, but unlike the one-eyed rediculous Stormer surporters, I support SA rugby. Lions and Cheetahs don't have hope and slipped way to far behind. Next season we want 3 SA sides in the Super 15 Semi's. Stormers was great this year until it mattered most, then they unfortunately folded badly under the bulls preasure. The addition of especially CJ will help, as the Stormers tight 5 were still badly exposed. Neither Brok Harris or Wickus Blaauw can scrum (legally that is) and CJ will be a great addition to their tight 5. Personally I would like to see Van Zyl at lock with Bekker as Adriaan Fondse simply is not tough enough to partner Bekker, who add very little power and grind to the Stormers pack. Bekkers most physical contribution this season was his lame dive over the ruck in the final. With van Zyl and CJ in the engine room, the Stormers will be able to compete with any team's forwards. They might not dominate, but they will certainly stand their ground. De Villiers and Fourie could be a phenominal centre combination. Pity for De Jongh though. He has lots of talent, but also came up short in the Super 14 final. Young and let's hope Rassie can keep him and develop him. I do however expect greedy agents might have the last say and if this young talent ends up with the Lions or Cheetahs it could be bye bye to his career as well. Comparing Rassie's contracting skill to that of the Sharks explains why the Sharks ended up licking their wounds this year. Leave the useless has been overseas left overs and stick to SA players. I don't support the use of foreign players at all. We have all the talent in the world right here. If the Sharks struggle, just throw a life line to some Cheetah or Lions player. They really need help.

  • @ WP lekker - 2010-06-08 22:35

    Hoped people like you would have matured by now. Suggest you get help, serious help. The Stormers have improved and will improve even further with these excellent aqcuisitions, but it is time the Stormer fans also improve with the team. Next year please remember to wait until after the fat lady has given her last note. Listening to Stephan Nell is bad enough. Next year, try and keep Bekker closer to the physical action among the forewards. Playing in the park also takes its toll.

  • deon - 2010-06-08 22:41

    Right. Now for at least two more world class front rowers please. How about BJ Botha? Pity about Peter. Incredible, Snorre preferring Butch James!!!!!!!! Pleez man! Butch will make a better lock than a flyhalf.2HHTK

  • Blue Jake - 2010-06-08 23:21

    At least Derick Hougaard, Gary Botha and Victor Matfield honoured their contracts overseas, not like this overrated monkey who missed his mommy too much. Go France!!!

  • Good! - 2010-06-09 03:04

    Grant kan lekker gaan uitrus daar vir die S15 seisoen terwyl ek hoop WP gee Cronje nou genoeg kans in die CCUP.Pietersen is n massive loss en ek hoop net Jantjes is reg of Gio kan 15 toe skuif.Daar is mos n lekker heelagter by Ikeys ook nie?CJ moet net sy luigat Vrystaat attitude afskud dan sal hy baie help.Maak hom net eers stadig gewoond aan die beskawing en die verkeer asb!

  • paul - 2010-06-09 06:45

    Verdere Paniek- aankope. Na drie jaar kan Rassie-hulle nog niks sukses wys nie ten spyte van miljoene Rande wat gespandeer is. Wat het nou geword van die sogenaamde soliede strukture en hoe word nuwe talent deur die "struture" gebring?

  • same mistakes - 2010-06-09 09:39

    ......I see the Stormbarians (Cape-Barbarians) continue to buy "has-beens".. .....When will they ever learn to develop their youngsters..??

  • Emile @ Weepee - 2010-06-09 10:45

    You said it mate. Sorry you still have an inferiority complex. There is professional help out there. Just phone. Time you maybe tried to contribute as well and I mean not your typical Sormer bullshit.

  • Stormy Boy - 2010-06-09 12:19

    Nice to have him back, but what about Juan? What happens to him now? I know experience counts a lot, and there aren't much other centers around more experienced than DeVilliers. But what does this do to the confidence of De Jongh? I'm assuming Jean walks into the team along with Jacques Fourie. Hope we can keep De Jongh around. He's an exciting player, both now and for the future.

  • StuartW - 2010-06-09 12:46

    @ Emile....I disagree with you regarding CJ....when last did he actually not see his own ass when scrumming? He did not do anything against Wales....I think he is over his time....completely overrated...sorry

  • Richard - 2010-06-09 13:39

    Jacque Fourie better find a new province to play for as he is not a homegrown boy and the two Jean will make up the midfield either move or enjoy the game from the sideline,did you buy CJ because the best front row in the world were shown to be garbage in the super 14 final

  • Blue Jake - 2010-06-09 19:27

    @StuartW. You are right. My bad.

  • GATVOL VIR JULLE K@K - 2010-06-15 09:46

    almal wat steeds aan hark oor stormbarians dit en blouy bulle dat. KRY ASB OM VADERSNAAM N LEWE. Julle is almal pateties.Het julle niks beter om te doen as om mekaar te hap en te argumenteer oor nonsens wat A nie saak maak en B niemand ooit sal wen nie. Julle is erger as ou vrouens. Ek kan verstaan hoekom die res van die wereld dink ons is agter af. Want die mederheid van ons is juis net dit. Super deer die kak.

  • Walter-John - 2010-06-15 11:27

    Jean en Fourie is weer senter paar !!!! die beste wat daar is .... en met die dom fijijaan weg maak dit plek vir de Jong om sy vaart en vernuf op wing te wys of as impak speller gebruik te word .... WELCOME BACK THE BEST CENTRE PAIR IN THE WORLD JEAN EN JACQUES

  • Gtr - 2010-06-15 17:15

    @ Emile: Don't know if there will be 3 SA teams come semis, seeing that there will be an SA-, Australian- and NZ conference, the top two teams of each conference goes to the play-offs, where there is some arrangement of something like the team with the least amount of league points play team no 3, and team 4 plays team 5... and the winners of those matches play in the semis. You may have to check the format of this competition, it's not completely the same as the S14.

  • blou bul - 2010-07-01 13:45

    Shame, this idiot could not make it overseas so he is back with tail between his legs, and now they throw that hasbeen cj in the mix as well. I recon the stormertjies will just beat the lions on the s15 table next year (with some luck)

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