Francis to join Cheetahs in NZ

2013-02-27 07:38

Cape Town - Griquas flyhalf Burton Francis will join the Cheetahs on their Australasian tour after an injury to Elgar Watts.

Last month Francis was still part of the Kings' Super Rugby plans but he has since joined Griquas for the Vodacom Cup competition.

According to Volksblad, Watts injured his hamstring in training on Monday which prompted the Cheetahs to call up the 26-year-old Francis as they prepare to face defending champions, the Chiefs, on Saturday. Francis previously played Super Rugby for the Bulls, Stormers and Lions.

Apart from Watts, the other Cheetahs flyhalves currently in New Zealand are Johan Goosen (first choice) and Riaan Smit. Smit, however, is mostly viewed as a versatile backline player.

Their clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton kicks off at 08:35 (SA time) on Saturday morning.


  • Paul Sdoow - 2013-02-27 08:10

    don't think the cheetahs will be strong enough to win but i do tink they might possibly show other teams how to play against the chiefs. but cheetahs can be a very dangerous side given width so expecting a x tries from both sides . be a great hand of rugby to watch and perfect excuse to start that potJie early .

  • Azure Phoenix - 2013-02-27 08:53

    Geesh, how did this guy end up playing for the Griquas?

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