The Stormers have re-signed fly half Peter Grant for the 2013 Super Rugby season but he will miss the Stormers pre-season warm ups next year.
According to reports Grant, who also plays for Kobe Steelers in Japan, has agreed to one more year with the Stormers, but will return to Japan after this year’s Super Rugby season and will therefore be unavailable for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
For the last two Super Rugby seasons Grant has missed the Stormers build up to Super Rugby as he completes his commitments with the Steelers.
In the 2010 and 2011 Super Rugby seasons Grant arrived late for the Stormers and he missed all of their pre-season matches and the opening rounds.
This year Grant missed the Stormers opening match against the Hurricanes but started on the bench against the Sharks and kicked the match winning penalties.
Meanwhile Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed that Gio Aplon (hamstring), Eben Etzebeth (shoulder), Jean De Villiers (wrist), Andries Bekker (back), have all recovered and will be available for selection against the Cheetahs this weekend.
Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster (all knee injuries) are expected to return only after the June break.
“We are in a good position at the moment, but it can all be quickly undone. The next 4 games are crucial to our campaign and our focus is fully on the Cheetahs next week.” said the coach.
“We are really looking forward to playing in front of the Faithful again. ”
“Our time on tour was good, but there is really nothing like playing in front of our home fans. ”
“Newlands is a special place and the guys feed off that energy.”