WP scoop Baby Boks lock

2012-08-28 23:28

Cape Town - Highly-rated South African Under-20 lock Ruan Botha will join Western Province from the Golden Lions at the end of the year.

This news was revealed by WP Rugby on Tuesday.

Botha, a member of the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship-winning Baby Boks team, stands 2,03m tall and weighs in at 113kg.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions earlier this year and is also a member of their Currie Cup squad.

According to WP’s forwards coach, Matt Proudfoot, the Brakpan-born forward - who turns 21 in January next year - will add some good depth to the locking resources in the Cape.

"We noticed him and watched him in the SA Under-20 team where he played really well for the winning SA Under-20 side," said Proudfoot.

"We feel that he's a young guy with a bright future and with Andries still here for a few years he can learn all the intricacies of No 5 lock play from Andries and add to our lock factory in the process.

"With players like Steven (Kitshoff), Frans (Malherbe), Scarra (Ntubeni), Eben (Etzebeth), Siya (Kolisi) and Nizaam (Carr) all still eligible for the WP Under-21 team this season, and Ruan still U21 next year, it will allow us to build on the longevity of our young forward resources."

Botha, in turn, added: "I am delighted to be joining Western Province and look forward to this new chapter in my rugby career.

"I would like to thank the Lions Rugby Union for their unwavering support through the years and wish them all the best going forward."


  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-29 01:38

    Desperate situations warrant desperate steps.Can't blame the WP for rocking the cradle.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 02:26

      The Cradle is going to run low soon...

      zandberg.jansen.7 - 2012-08-29 11:20

      @visser.isak - Bulls only team buying?

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-08-29 06:55

    He is from Springs/Brakpan - he doesn't know any better...

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-29 07:02

    Well, he is a young guy who HAD a great future, only thing he will learn at wp & stormers is how to choke!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-08-29 07:27

      Suurdruiwe??? Atleast he will play Super rugby,what will he do at the Lions during that time,prepare for the CC.

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-29 07:39

      nope, not at all, Big Joe, brilliant at Lions, pathetic at province, Jacque Fourie was a shell of his former self, January dissapeared into obscurity, Schalk Britz only regained form when he left to play overseas, all great Lions players that made the move, I can't think of one success. Even your own Geo Aplon, took Allister only 2 years to coach all the individual brilliance that made him a great player out of him. If he really wanted to improve as a lock, he should have gone to the Bulls where they have Victor Matfield to help locks. It's not about his moving, it's about his moving from bad to worse :)

      nkwe.mahlanghu - 2012-08-29 07:41

      Ja Lionel, at least he will be able to look at Flattop Mountain and swim in the icy Atlantic every time the Stormers/WP chokes. In any case the Curry Cup is the most important Cup. Its a lot better than the "plastick" Rupert Murdoch Super which is designed to make Murdoch richer and destroy players with injuries

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-08-29 07:57

      So Nico,going from playing Super rugby to CC rugby is going from bad to worse??? I really feel for the Lions but believe you me theres still gonna be more people leaving the Lions cause they wanna play Super rugby and not CC,hope Im wrong but I see the same thing happening to the Lions that happened to Eastern Province,down the drain. James Small had great success in Cape Town if I must name one player:):)

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-29 08:12

      Ok Lionel, you have your one player that made a success, though it was a while back :) Lions will play super rugby again, I'm not worried about that. The season the stormers didn't play super rugby did not seem to affect them that badly :)

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-29 08:15

      Ja Nico, what brilliance are you referring to about Aplon. He is STILL brilliant. It took AC to haul him from obscurity after Rassie refused to select him. I do agree that they put structured play ahead of the situation but not so sure about your comments, actually quite suur comments.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-08-29 08:18

      I really hope the Lions will play Super rugby again because theres loads of talent there and dont want to lose players that can play for the Boks to overseas teams.Just for the record I was against the Kings coming in but feel for the people of PE who are dying for decent rugby. Sterkte Nico

      bfvillet - 2012-08-29 08:22

      all the players you mentioned did well at wp.I suggest like lionel says suurdruiwe but coming from the lions you clearly are a bit lost when it comes to what succes actually is.This is just a reaction to the rot at the lions and the exodus will continue next Elton jantjies.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-29 08:44

    So WP/Stormers can not beat the opposition, now they buy all the players, so that there would be no opposition.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-29 08:59

      Wow, I've seen some stupid comments on the sport24 forum, but yours is by far the most stupid. Firstly, The Sharks and Bulls buy way more talent than the Stormers, secondly, The Lions won't even be playing in next years Super Rugby, so how exactly is the Lions opposition now?

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-29 09:41

      Leve the Sharks out of this squabble.They have an agreement with the Cheetah rugby factory towards posi'tional supply once in a leap year.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-08-30 04:22

    Maar WP koop mos nie?!

  • morne.s.smit.5 - 2012-08-31 11:27

    Why only in the u20 WC he has been around a long time?

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