Cheetahs lock off to Scotland

2012-05-23 11:43

Edinburgh - Edinburgh Rugby on Tuesday announced the signing of Cheetahs lock Izak van der Westhuizen on a two-year contract.

According to the Edinburgh Rugby website, born in Kimberley, Van der Westhuizen, 26, stands six-foot-five and is regarded as a lineout and restart specialist as well as a formidable ball carrier.

Following up on promising showings in the Springboks Under-18 Academy, Van der Westhuizen was called up to the Cheetahs' Under-19 and Under-21 sides before progressing to the senior squad aged 24. He made his Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in 2010.
However, a groin injury meant he played only a handful of Super Rugby games during the 2011 season. This year however he has been a mainstay in the Cheetahs' pack, starting all of the Bloemfontein sides matches this season.

Van der Westhuizen, who will arrive in October because of Currie Cup commitments, said: “I want to test myself against the top players in Europe so when I found out Edinburgh Rugby were looking for a player with my skill-set, I was desperate to sign.

Van der Westhuizen will join fellow Cheetahs team-mate WP Nel in Edinburgh.


  • Denése - 2012-05-23 11:52


  • grantcg - 2012-05-23 13:10

    Cheetahs keep hold of your players!! You're building some good structures in Bloem and playing the right style of rugby..good news that Griquas rugby is also strong and along with Griffons you have good support. However, your still losing talented players so get some good sponsors and have the Grey College okes staying in the Free State!

  • jt.thom.3 - 2012-05-23 15:21

    At least he's not going to another SA franchise.

  • pages:
  • 1