Force bag another SA player

2014-01-09 07:44

Perth - Australia's Force on Thursday announced the signing of Sharks loose forward Brynard Stander - the eighth South African on their books - as they strengthened their squad ahead of this year's Super Rugby season.

VIDEO: Brynard Stander on joining the Western Force

Stander's recruitment for two seasons continues the Perth-based club's move away from a reliance on Australia's east coast-based player pool.

Stander, 23, joins fellow senior squad members Wilhelm Steenkamp, Chris Heiberg and Marcel Brache, and extended squad members Dillyn Leyds, Dylan Sage and Francois van Wyk as newcomers to the Force.

Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn returns for his second season with the club.

Stander is an abrasive and physical back-rower who can play either side of the scrum or at No 8.

"Moving here from South Africa was a big decision, particularly moving away from my family, but it's been such a welcoming atmosphere," Stander said.


  • Llewelyn Screen - 2014-01-09 08:01

    Rubbish Louis

  • Mkulu Mkulu - 2014-01-09 08:40


  • David Scott Duncan - 2014-01-09 08:54

    At least we got our 6th franchise

  • Mike Olwagen - 2014-01-09 09:48

    Interesting...first the Cheetahs were the Sharks Academy. Now it seems the Sharks have become the Force Academy. Serves you right!

  • Clintleeh - 2014-01-09 10:47

    Remember when SA and Aus was bidding for that new franchise and instead of South Africa getting it it was thrown to the Aussies because the "needed it to advance the game in their country". Funny how the Force is now accommodating so many SA players while there is even more (Kings - Lions and we can even add Griquas and Pumas tentatively in there) back in South Africa who could of made up another franchise relatively easily. Just saying - maybe SARU can question the SANZAR big wigs about the validity when their fighting for another franchise come future.

  • Chris In Oz - 2014-01-09 23:31

    Well, Perth is already a suburb of Dirtbin.

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