Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – Suggestions on the Twitter grapevine that
Springbok flank Francois Louw is already back “in training” with the Stormers
ahead of a possible short-term loan deal from Bath have been pooh-poohed by the
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Spokesperson Gavin Lewis told Sport24 on Monday that the
rumour was “not true”, while some reports have also suggested that the chances
of Louw becoming available for his former Super Rugby team actually receded at
The strong loose forward, who is a fine fetcher but also
forceful ball-carrier, has missed the last few weeks of the English Premiership
season with an injury.
But he is thought to be approaching full fitness again,
although he did not play for Bath again in their 28-3 defeat to Leicester
Tigers in their last fixture at the weekend – that may have been a bit of a
spark for a jump-the-gun thought that he is already focusing on a Stormers
The club finished well out of the playoff berths, eighth out
of the 12 teams in the Premiership.
Allister Coetzee’s charges presently lack experienced
options at loose forward, as all of Schalk Burger, Nick Koster and especially
Duane Vermeulen will only return after the June Test window period.
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