Stormers sign Kings' Soyizwapi
Siviwe "Shakes" Soyizwapi (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth - The Stormers have signed Kings back Siviwe "Shakes" Soyizwapi as a loan player for the Super Rugby competition.
“Shakes left for Cape Town on Sunday and will be joining the Stormers to provide cover for them at wing and fullback,” said Eastern Province Rugby CEO, Charl Crous.
Soyizwapi played for the Border Bulldogs at the Under-18 Academy Week in 2010, earning a call-up to the South African Under-18 High Performance team, before joining the Eastern Province Kings Academy.
He played for the EP Kings at Under-21 Currie Cup level in 2012 and 2013, finishing the latter competition as the top try scorer.
He made his first class debut in the 2012 Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation series against the Free State Cheetahs. Three appearances followed in the 2013 Vodacom Cup (scoring one try), as well as five appearances in the 2013 Currie Cup First Division (where he scored three tries) before reverting to the Under-21 side for the remainder of the season.
Soyizwapi also played Suepr Rugby for the Kings last year, filling in for the injured Hadleigh Parkes, making his debut in the 28-28 draw against the Brumbies in Canberra.
In October last year, Soyizwapi was called into an SA Sevens training squad, prior to the 2013 Dubai Sevens.
Crous said he had received the request to loan Soyizwapi to the Stormers for their Super Rugby season, following the youngster’s sterling performance against the Cape Town-based Super Rugby side during their warm up match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 7.
“We wish Shakes everything of the best and know that he will be a great asset to the Stormers,” said Crous.
Crous said that Soyizwapi’s call-up showed that Eastern Province was producing top quality talent and that EP Rugby was committed to its promise of identifying opportunities for their talented players to get Super Rugby experience ahead of the team’s re-inclusion into the competition in 2016.