Stormers turn to Francis

2011-11-22 11:08

Adnaan Mohamed

Cape Town - The Stormers are looking to former Bulls and Lions flyhalf Burton Francis to shore up their depth at flyhalf next year.

Francis was spotted at the Western Province High Performance Centre in Bellville on Monday. He later joined the squad at the Bellville Velodrome for fitness tests.

The Cape franchise struggled with their depth in the flyhalf position thought the 2011 Super Rugby season. Injuries to Peter Grant, Gary van Aswegen, Lionel Cronjé and Kurt Coleman forced them to use scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage in the No 10 jersey at times. They even resorted to calling up Earl Rose on the overseas leg of the Super Rugby competition to help alleviate their flyhalf crisis.

During the Currie Cup, Western Province also used Demetri Catrakilis and Isma-eel Dollie with reasonable success.

Cronjé has already signed with the Bulls and WP have now turned to Paarl-born Francis to add much needed experience in the number 10 jersey.

The 24-year-old Francis has already played Super Rugby for the Bulls and the Lions. He attended Paulus Joubert Primary and Klein Nederburg Secondary in Paarl and played Craven Week for Boland at Under-18 level. Thereafter he played for the Bulls before moving to the Lions.

This season the Lions relied heavily on the services of the talented young Elton Jantjies as their first choice number 10. The 21-year-old Jantjies, who was named man of the match when the Lions beat the Sharks in the Currie Cup final this year, kept the experienced Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok flyhalf Butch James out of the side.


  • Taetjo - 2011-11-22 11:16

    The person in that pictures does NOT look like Burton Francis. Not at all!

      Theuns - 2011-11-22 11:26

      exactly!!! thats Noble the wing!!! Sport 24 what can you say!!!

      eric.viljoen - 2011-11-22 13:36

      @Brannas, hulle het die foto in die meantime verander ou. Die twee hier bo was reg om te kla.

      Johann - 2011-11-22 13:57

      Who does he look like?? Burton Francis maybe!!??

      Taetjo - 2011-11-22 15:06

      They changed the photo guys... They had put on another photo earlier and it wasn't Burton.

  • Lionel - 2011-11-22 11:17

    Oh No man,this is becoming more and more embarrasing,FFS is there nobody else available,if they had let Habana go they could of made an offer for Goosen or somebody similiar.

  • agagiano - 2011-11-22 11:22

    looks like Dusty Noble

  • paul.ramncwana - 2011-11-22 11:38

    I'm a WP Supporter, I think we don't need another flyhalf if I was AC & Rassie I would put all my money in getting a good fetcher. I would let Peter Grant & Jaques Fourie go I don't believe in this loan stuff. The guys comeback injured or they burnout come the playoffs. AC & Rassie we give u 1 more season if you don't bring a cup back I'm sorry you need to go.

      Lionel - 2011-11-22 11:42

      They off to coach the Boks!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brannas - 2011-11-22 12:19

    Go WeePee Go, there is plenty of rejects going around now, Adi Jacobs is also looking for a home, i can see the stormers is going to run away with all the trophies next year, All they have to do is to collect all the rejects and has beens from the other Franchises , Bhahahahaa.

  • Andre - 2011-11-22 13:31

    This is even more hillarious than signing Bolla hahahahahahahah

  • Johann - 2011-11-22 14:00

    Can WP not do better?? Beats me ...........

  • Theuns - 2011-11-22 14:48

    thats better sport 24!!! this is what Burton Francis looks like!!!! next time try the first time!!

  • Nico - 2011-11-22 15:38

    At least Francis proves that he is not scared, being a province/stormers flyhalf must rate as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world!!

  • Pieter - 2011-11-22 16:28

    But don't worry, the WP idiots reckon it's only the Bulls who's buying. I mean Jantjies, Habana, Jacque Fourie, Frances, scrumhalf, Louw, Dom Duane, Fondse, Dom Tiaan, Harris, ander stut is natuurlik almal originally van die WP HA HA HA HA HA HA HA WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY ONE decade without ANY trophies (including Vodacom, CurrieCup and Supercup)

      Franklyn - 2011-11-22 22:59

      praat jy met jou ouers ook so ?

      Pieter - 2011-11-23 01:15

      @Frankielyn Hoeveel boom rook jy in 'n week?

      Warrick - 2011-11-23 11:39

      Everyone buys players, whats your point? One decade without any trophies but a history that cannot be forgotton. I can only assume that you are a disgruntled bulls supporter, by your idiotic comments

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-23 16:11

      @ Wardick,take a leaf out of the Bulls book and make new history. Wepe's history were made before you were even born, IDIOT! ! ! ! !

      Pieter - 2011-11-23 16:32

      @Warrick Because brainless WP supporters keep going on about the Bulls buying JJ and Sadie. My point is there are more bought players in the WP team than the Bulls, EVERYONE buys. So back on your sister, don't break the tradition now

  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-22 16:44

    Hoekom spelers koop ?? Julle wen dan die bekers al 3 maande voor die tyd?? weepee is dan groter as Rugby self...........!!!!!

      Pieter - 2011-11-23 14:53

      Dankie vir die erkenning, ou Van!

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