Cape Town - Free State Rugby have announced that prop Charles Marais and lock Justin Basson have extended their contracts with the Cheetahs for two more years.
In 2014, Marais made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions against the Bulls.
He joined the EP Kings in July 2014 prior to the Currie Cup Premier Division competition and played in seven matches for the team.
He then signed a deal that would see him play for the Cheetahs in the 2016 season.
Marais played all 10 games in the 2016 Currie Cup, including the semi-final against the Lions in Bloemfontein and a home final against the Blue Bulls.
To date, Marais has represented the Free State Cheetahs in 16 Currie Cup matches and 28 Super Rugby games. He made his PRO14 debut in September last year and has earned 17 caps.
Basson moved to Bloemfontein from Pretoria in 2014 and started the season playing for the UFS Shimlas Young Guns, scoring a try in the final of the 2014 Varsity Cup Young Guns competition to help them win the title.
In that same year, he started nine games for the Free State under-21 team. Basson was then included in a Free State XV that participated in the 2015 Vodacom Cup. In 2016, he made his first class debut and to date has played in 12 Currie Cup matches, including the semi final and final that year.
Basson has also represented the Cheetahs in five Super Rugby and 13 PRO14 matches.