Stormers set to sign Bok prop

2011-11-08 22:00

Cape Town - Springbok prop Deon Carstens could play for the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby tournament.

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Various sources have confirmed to Die Burger newspaper that Carstens - who currently plays for Saracens in England - will soon be employed by the Western Province Rugby Union. An announcement regarding the matter is expected to be made shortly.

WP's director of coaching Rassie Erasmus told Die Burger on Tuesday that he's happy with their reserves at prop, especially youngsters like Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, but didn't exclude the possibility of adding another front ranker.

The Stormers look likely to be without the services of JC Kritzinger - who badly injured his knee - until late next year. They have also lost CJ van der Linde to the Lions, which means the Capetonians could go into Super Rugby without a prop able play loosehead and tighthead.

However, Carstens's arrival would remove that problem as he is capable of packing down at both sides of the scrum. The former Shark made his Bok debut in 2002 as a tighthead but has played at loosehead successfully in the past. He played in the No 1 jersey for Saracens in the English Premiership on Sunday.

Carstens played nine Tests for the Boks and will add valuable experience and depth to the Stormers' front row. His mentorship could mean a lot for Kitshoff and Malherbe and together with incumbent props, Brok Harris and Wicus Blaauw, the Stormers will feel much more comfortable going into the Super Rugby tournament.


  • Dawie - 2011-11-08 22:21

    Okay that's a small step in the right direction Province !!!!

      Squeegee - 2011-11-09 07:28

      The new Quota rules apply from 2012. The Sharks have to have 5 Indian players, the Bulls must field 5 English speaking players, the Cheetahs must have 5 black players and the Lions must have 5 Jewish players. Apparently the Stormers must have at least 5 men in their side.

      Adrian - 2011-11-09 18:30

      They get rid of JD Moller to back youngsters and then bring in Carstens…is Strauli recruiting for WP now as well?? Are our young front row forwards really that bad in this country??

  • Vincent - 2011-11-08 22:35

    Well said.

  • AcidBlade - 2011-11-08 22:46

    Sign somma vir Jimmy Abbott ook....

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 22:51

      @AcidBlade HA HA HA Good one, regardless what the idiots do they stay the JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY What a joke of a province

      John - 2011-11-09 07:15

      Pieter - November 8, 2011 at 22:59 Jy is seker een van daai idiote met die blou hardehoed met horings versier en jou afgeleefde Toyota HiLux dra swaar aan die twee blou klokke aan die trekstang. Luister man, julle tipe klierkoppies het die brein kapasiteit van 'n mossie se knieskyf en sonder die Stormers en WP is jou lewe so vaal soos Gauteng gras in die winter. Asseblief man, kry een of ander soort van 'n lewe want jou gesanik oor die Kaapse spanne is regtig pateties verby. Die DA het seker jou Kaapse visa afgekeur a.g.v. die feit dat ons nie die provinsie se IK vlak so erg gedurende Desember wil laat daal nie en dis waarom jou bekkie so bitter is. Wat 'n tjop!!!

      Jed - 2011-11-09 07:25

      Pieter, when your KUK bulls side make's a playoff then come talk to us , until then go comment on the First Division website loser. Bulls the whipping boys of world rugby.

      John - 2011-11-09 07:48

      John - November 9, 2011 at 07:15 Pieter - November 8, 2011 at 22:59 And for the benefit of our English friends to join into the fray of ridiculing this ass, herewith the translation: You must be one of those idiots with the blue hardhat adorned with horns and your dilapidated HiLux is staining under the weight of the mandatory blue balls on the tow bar. You lot of nincompoops has the brain capacity of a grasshoppers kneecap and without the Stormers and WP, your life is as dreary as the Gauteng grass in winter. Please man, get some sort of life as your whining about the Cape teams are really pathetic. The DA must have cancelled your visa to try and keep the IQ level of the province dropping to record lows during December compelling you to be such a sour puss. What a chop!!

      Lionel - 2011-11-09 08:02

      Slowly John,you are gonna confuse Pieter(the idiot)even more!!!!!!!!!

      Pieter - 2011-11-09 21:55

      @vallamj Bulls under-19 won the cup, under 21 in final, Vodacom Final. How many finals did WP/Stormers make this year?

  • Brannas - 2011-11-09 07:04

    Nou moet hulle nog net Stefan Tereblance, Dewet Barry en Marius Joubert ook kry dan is die has been palooka team complete. Hahaha.

  • Jean-Louis - 2011-11-09 07:48

    Deon is n goeie stut . was ongelukkig so ruk terug om nie te speel vir die bokke nie . Ongelukkig kort hulle nou nog n stut. Gaan n interessante seisoen wees .

      Steenbra - 2011-11-09 10:15

      Een probleem is sy ouderdom.. Sign for one season..

  • Koos - 2011-11-09 08:25

    As I have said before, newlands has become more like a old age home than a rugby stadium. All the players that's past there sell by date go to wepe. I can only think of 2 reason ,1)Easy money,there's no ambition to win a cup, you just need to run aimlessly around. 2) Almal wil n huisie by die see he^.

      Koos - 2011-11-09 09:05

      Gin wonder wepe is so lekading nie

  • Koos - 2011-11-09 09:00

    Antique trophy cabinet for sale, as good as new, never been used. Contac wepe rugby union for more information.

      Shistirrer - 2011-11-09 15:07

      Koos, it must hurt like hell to know that the Province trophy drought is probably very near its end, while the one at the Bulls has started already, and is likely to continue for a long, long time...

      Koos - 2011-11-09 15:43

      @shistirrer, Probably? It seems that you have doubts about wepe ! ? For the past 10 years province claimed the cups ,until they get to the business end of the tournaments and ends up with egg on their faces.

  • Ben - 2011-11-09 10:40

    Dit kan net goed werk. n Ou man op stut het ondervinding wat in die posisie baie nodig is. Daar is in elk geval nie beter stutte in S. A. nie . Ons gaan die komende seisoen begin met n beter pak voorspelers as die vorige. Eis net nie seker van die afrigting nie aangesien ons nog te veel balle verloor by die afbreekpunt as gevolg van voorspelers wat nie opdaag nie. As gevolg daarvan lyk ons agterlyn by tye nie goed nie. Ons het in die verlede klem gele op verdediging maar dit is as jou teenstanders die besit het. Al ooit gedink om meer balle te kry en te behou. So kan ons die verdediging van ander spanne toets .

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