No sign of Grant returning

    2013-06-04 09:13

    Cape Town - Flyhalf Peter Grant is unlikely to feature again for the Stormers in this year's Super Rugby competition.

    Grant has been laid low by an ankle injury and only featured off the bench in two of the Stormers' games this year.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told Die Burger there is still no sign of Grant returning as the team breaks for the three-week international window.

    The Stormers' next game is against the Cheetahs at Newlands on June 29, before they complete their campaign against the Kings (away) and the Bulls (home) in the weeks thereafter. They are currently 11th on the overall Super Rugby log and unlikely to progress further in the competition.

    Despite the injury, Stormers fans are likely to see more of Grant in future. He recently indicated he'd like to extend his stay in the Cape for at least one season.

    "I'm pretty much keeping my options open, but I'm happy in the Cape. I kind of owe them a season now after what happened this season. It (injury) is not the way I'd like to finish off my time in Cape Town, that's for sure," he was reported as saying.

    Despite Grant's inactivity, the Stormers are likely to welcome back a few other players from injury.

    "Michael Rhodes, Pat Cilliers and possibly also Rynhardt Elstadt could return when the Super Rugby competition restarts for the Stormers on June 29. (But) it's not a given. We'll carefully monitor them over the next two weeks," said Coetzee.

    Centre Juan de Jongh, who is currently with the Springbok squad but struggling with a finger injury, is also expected to be ready.

    The Stormers are also due to face the Lions in a friendly game on June 15, but Coetzee has indicated he will give some of his fringe players a run in the match at Ellis Park.

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