Cape Town - Springbok prop Deon Carstens
could play for the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby tournament.Click to BUY the SA Rugby Annual 2011WIN with Nike Vision
Various sources have confirmed to Die Burger
newspaper that Carstens - who currently plays for Saracens in England - will soon be employed by the Western Province Rugby Union. An announcement regarding the matter is expected to be made shortly.
WP's director of coaching Rassie Erasmus
told Die Burger on Tuesday that he's happy with their reserves at prop, especially youngsters like Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, but didn't exclude the possibility of adding another front ranker.
The Stormers look likely to be without the services of JC Kritzinger - who badly injured his knee - until late next year. They have also lost CJ
van der Linde to the Lions, which means the Capetonians could go into Super Rugby without a prop able play loosehead and tighthead.
However, Carstens's arrival would remove that problem as he is capable of packing down at both sides of the scrum. The former Shark made his Bok debut in 2002 as a tighthead but has played at loosehead successfully in the past. He played in the No 1 jersey for Saracens in the English Premiership on Sunday.
Carstens played nine Tests for the Boks and will add valuable experience and depth to the Stormers' front row. His mentorship could mean a lot for Kitshoff and Malherbe and together with incumbent props, Brok Harris
and Wicus Blaauw
, the Stormers will feel much more comfortable going into the Super Rugby tournament.