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Stormers recall Pieter Louw

2012-05-29 15:29

Cape Town - The Stormers have recalled versatile loose forward Pieter Louw to help alleviate their current injury crisis in the back row.

The 27-year-old Louw, who boasts 64 caps for Western Province and 17 caps for the Stormers, stopped playing last year after his WP contract was not renewed.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed that Louw started training with the Cape franchise again.

“Pieter has decided to make a comeback and is back in training with us. He is an experienced campaigner who has the ability to play in all the back three positions at 6, 7 and 8. It’s now all about getting him fit as soon possible,” said Coetzee.

Stormers captain Schalk Burger has been missing from the Stormers side since tearing medial ligaments in a knee during their Super Rugby opening-round clash with the Hurricanes at Newlands on February 25.

The Cape franchise then subsequently lost the services of loose forwards Duane Vermeulen, Nick Koster and Nizaam Carr - also with knee injuries. 

Coetzee then managed to secure the services of Canadian No 8 Jebb Sinclair after unsuccessful attempts to lure Francois Louw from Bath.

Saracens No 8 Ernst Joubert and Todd Clever from  NTT Shining Arcs in Japan - both former Lions players - were also considered as options.

The South African Conference leaders suffered another setback when talented youngster Siya Kolisi, who has been in impressive form since he replaced Burger in the No 6 jersey in the Hurricanes clash, had to withdraw before last week’s 25-20 loss to the Sharks in Durban.

Deon Fourie, normally a hooker, had to play on the side of the scrum. Nick Fenton-Wells, captain of the victorious WP Vodacom Cup side, was drafted into the Stormers team to do duty on the bench.

Coetzee has however confirmed that Kolisi, who has a bruised shoulder, has a 99% chance to tackle the Bulls in a crunch Super Rugby derby at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Burger and Koster are expected to be back in action in July while Vermeulen’s injury will take a bit longer to heal. Carr is out for the rest of the season.

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Comments
  • Dirk - 2012-05-29 15:38

    AC ek is bly jy begin nou uiteindelik tot jou sinne kom, goeie speler die.

  • BlouJob - 2012-05-29 15:39

    Ek sou hulle in hulle m@er gestuur het as ek hy was.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-29 15:56

      Hulle het hom soos rubbish behandel, nou kruip hulle terug.

      Dirk - 2012-05-29 16:03

      PL voel 'n ***. Hy wil net Rugby speel...

      reagan.titus.5 - 2012-05-30 07:12

      Spreek boekdele van sy karakter as mens plat op die aarde en dra geen haat vir ander nie viva viva Pieter!!!!!!

      Lance - 2012-05-30 08:36

      Sal lekker wees om hom by WP te hou..maar hy's te jonk om aftetree...Miskien is hy die ou wat vir Johnson kan vervang want as Duanne, Schalk en Kolisi reg is gaan hy seker weer in die skadu staan. Miskien het die Kings n paar Rand..hy moet net nie opgee nie.

  • legndkilla - 2012-05-29 16:03

    im a stormers supporter but what a bunch of boxes, this man should have had his contract renewed , he's a hard working loosie and gets the job done quietly yes impressively, the administration of WP should be shot with a bullet made of horse manuer...

      Dirk - 2012-05-29 16:14

      Bullets won't work - you'll have a Johnny English moment. 12 gauge with horse poop pellets might work. Let's submit this one to mythbusters.

      Richard - 2012-05-29 16:16

      could not agree more.what a bunch of complete idiot,s

  • druiwetros.stormer - 2012-05-29 16:11

    Really shocking that they only think of PL now! Hope he's been keeping fit....

      lizmaric - 2012-06-06 08:49

      He is very fitness conscious and keeps fit aside from rugby. He is a hard worker on and off the field.

  • arno.dupiesanie - 2012-05-29 16:43

    If any stormer supporter ever wondered why they don't win anything for a while now its because WPRU manage their players like crap!Bulls are a fine example of how you should treat your player!!!And this is exacly the Heineke Meyer way of winning rugby!Manage your player correctly and the trophys wil come naturely!

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-05-29 16:50

    I say it again, the Stormers administrators are the fly in the ointment here.....they are fully to blame....incapable amateurs masquerading as top class rugby administrators.......how the devil are the Stormers going to win this Super 15 ever ! Poor Pieter Louw....deemed surplus to requirements a year ago and now must make a magical comeback and assist the Stormers to win the trophy.....without having played a game in months??? This is not tiddlywinks...this is cut throat pro sport ! Please wake up Stormers Board.....for heavens sake man!

      Richard - 2012-05-29 17:03

      why would he not be playing vodacom cup ? is their something more to this ?

      lizmaric - 2012-06-06 08:41

      No, there is nothing more to this, Pieter's contract was not renewed. So plain and simple. (I'm Pieter's Sister-in-law)

  • Cliff - 2012-05-29 17:07

    For Once I Have To Agree With The BB Fans - BloodyShame The Way He Has Been Treated !!!

      Cliff - 2012-05-30 05:55

      Johan : Moes jy al weer jou naam verander - Uit Skaamte Shame

  • robbieyvonne.hutchison - 2012-05-29 17:15

    This is good news. Pieter Louw is also great in loose play!

  • Malcolm - 2012-05-29 18:54

    Whooooo jirre ek vistaan nie aldag vir WP nie! When yhe season started I said they need him there. He was a good player. Well well well... Does toetie coetsee have anything to say about how players are managed? Ai pissed off.

  • edalwai - 2012-05-29 19:51

    not surprising the amount of injuries when we take into account the amount of contact these guys take these days. Extend the tournaments = extend the injury list.

  • OOSTHUIZEN.GAZZA - 2012-05-29 23:26

    EKS NOU BLY WANT PIETER LOUW IS N YSTER ,EN WP BESTUUR HOU DIE MAN NOU IN DIE KAAP ASB ,EN KRY HOM SO GOU AS MOONTLIK FIKS EN REG HY IS N BALJAGTER DUISEND KLIP HARD EN KAN KAN 6.7..8 SPEEL GO PIETER GO

  • OOSTHUIZEN.GAZZA - 2012-05-29 23:27

    EN JA HY WAS LAASJAAR N PAAR KEER MAN OF THE MATCH GEWEES ,WOW HOEKOM RELEASE HULLE HOM KOM WP KOM REG SIGN HOM VAS HOU HOM INI KAAP ASBBB ONS HET HOM NODIG

  • Lance - 2012-05-30 08:32

    About time..he was a busy body in the same mould as Daniel. Welcome back !

  • andrewpullen - 2012-05-30 09:17

    The whole time we have been asking what happened to this guy! When he replaced Burger last season he was a great success!

  • jean.kleinhans - 2012-05-30 09:45

    Sormers en WP moes Pieter Louw nooit laat gaan het nie - baie bly vir hom, hy verdien dit en sal selfs nie 'n slegte kaptein gewees het nie.... Wys hulle Pieter!

      jacquind - 2012-05-30 11:50

      ja jean hy was deel van die leierskorps.by die unie ma ek weet tog ni wat het gebeur dat hy nie n kontrak gekry het nie

      lizmaric - 2012-06-06 08:46

      Niks het gebeur nie. Mens moet finansies in ag neem. Groot name kos groot geld. So eenvoudig soos dit. Pieter is een van die mees inspiring mense wat ek ken. Hou hom dop.

  • Etienne - 2012-05-30 11:29

    Why did you let him go in the first place if he is so versatile? Fools!!!!

  • jacquind - 2012-05-30 11:56

    as die stormers die jaar die super rugby wen doen hulle die game rugby groot oneer aan want wat ek Saterdag gesien het en hulle player management skill wek kommer. AC hoeveel droe performance moet D.D nog oplewer voordat daar aanpassings gemaak word?

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