The silly season is truly upon us, with players moving like pieces on a chess board. Promising young Bulls tighthead prop, Rossouw de Klerk will join the Toyota Free State Cheetahs for 2 years, at the end of the current Currie Cup competition. The loss of de Klerk is likely to be offset, by the Bulls signing of young Marcel van der Merwe. Apparently Rayno Gerber was also attempting to get onto the the Cheetahs player list. Naka has signed Ross Geldenhuys, and Pieter Stemmet, to cover the departure of WP Nel, but they have been signed fr the CC only thus far.

In further news from the land of the flying Cheetah, Boom Prinsloo has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. This leaves Naka with only 4 fit loose forwards, for the weekends clash with the Bulls in Bloemfontein, on Friday night. Heinrich Brüssow (knee), Phillip van der Walt (foot), and Juan Smith (heel), still out injured. Thus Naka can select from Davon Raubenheimer, Lappies Labuschagné, Kabamba Floors and Frans Viljoen.

9 Responses to Rossouw de Klerk signs with Cheetahs

  • 1

    His profile on the Bulls site

    Rossouw De Klerk
    Position Prop
    Height 1.86
    Weight 117
    Date of Birth August 21 1989
    Place of Birth Vredenburg
    Provincial Debut 2009 v Griquas
    Provincial Caps 19
    Provincial Points 5
    Super Rugby Debut 2010 v Highlanders
    Super Rugby Caps 14
    Super Rugby Points 0
    Test Debut
    Test Caps 0
    Test Points 0

    When called into the senior ranks as a junior prop De Klerk responded so well, he can boast a Currie Cup and Super Rugby medal already. He will push for a starting place in 2012, after playing almost exclusively off the bench in Super Rugby last season. A mobile player with great technique and aptitude for his position, De Klerk has a long and distinguished career ahead of him at this level.

    We are losing a good one it seems.

  • 2

    Rallepele siting on the bench cost him his foothold in the Bulls team and opened the door to Willie.

    Player of the Week – Willie Wepener
    13 August 2012

    It does not happen that often, but on Friday night the three most incisive line-breaks in the Absa Currie Cup between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and GWK Griquas came from one player. To top this, this player was a hooker and not an outside back and those great runs by Willie Wepener has earned him Player of the Week status.

    Those metres came courtesy of running great lines, but Wepener also excelled in other areas of the field. His aggressive play in the loose was complimented by good work in the line-outs and scrums and some bone crunching tackles against his former teammates.

    Wepener suffered some misfortune earlier in the season when a virus attacked his facial nerves, but he has now recovered and it clearly enjoying his time back on the field.

    Physical: 1.80 & 112kg
    DOB: 2 April 1981, Newcastle
    Film: Gladiator
    Food: Braaivleis
    Music: All
    Primary School: Drakensberg Primary
    Secondary: Newcastle High, Helpmekaar College

  • 3

    1 @ Superbul,
    But if reports are true that Marcel van der Merwe is set to sign for the Bulls, I would say, the Bulls got the better deal. That young van der Merwe is a beast, and could well be a better player than Coenie going forward imo

  • 4

    This is van der Merwe’s profile on the SA Rugby website

    SURNAME: Van Der Merwe
    HEIGHT: 189 cm
    WEIGHT:121 Kg
    BIRTH DATE: 24 October 1990
    BIRTH PLACE: Welkom
    PRIMARY SCHOOL: Mikro Primary
    SECONDARY SCHOOL: Paarl Boys High

    PLAYER WRITE-UP: Playing Position:Tighthead Prop
    Current Province:Free State Club:Grey 1st 2002 – WP U12 2006 – WP U16 Craven Week 2008 – WP U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week 2010 – SA U20 2012 – Free State ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div

    PROVINCE: Free State
    TRIES: 24

    HONOURS LIST: Toyota Free State Cheetahs ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division – 2012, Toyota Free State XV Vodacom Cup – 2012, Toyota Cheetahs Vodacom Super Rugby – 2012
    Toyota Free State Cheetahs
    ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division – 2011, Emerging Cheetahs Absa Currie Cup Compulsory friendlies – 2011, Toyota Free State Cheetahs Vodacom Cup – 2011,
    Vodacom Free State Cheetahs ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division – 2010, Free State ABSA Under 21 Competition – 2010, Vodacom Free State Cheetahs Absa Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies – 2010
    South Africa IRB Junior World Championships – 2010, Free State Vodacom Cup – 2010, Shimlas FNB Varsity Cup – 2010, Free State ABSA Under 19 Competition – 2009,
    Western Province U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week – 2008, U18 Elite Squad – 2008, Western Province U16 Coca Cola Grant Khomo Week – 2006,

  • 5

    The thing about the Bulls contracting every available quality player is that they will start to piss their current players off. I rate this oke. He is a good signing for the VRYSTAAAAT!
    [maybe he will help us not lose to the fukken Lions next time.]

  • 6

    3 @ Cheetah4eva:Naah, he had his arse handed to him Brok Harris style by the Lions Loosehead on Saturday.

  • 7

    Mooi jou ‘biscuits en biltong Weskus-klong’, maak vir Leon, Leonard en al die De Klerks op CFG trots ou klong!
    Oom Pietman hou jou lankal dop…..

    RT’s, luister nou mooi, hier kom ons nuwe Tommie Laubscher – dieselfde dorp, dieselfde skool, dieselfde alles, behalwe Rossouw is baie vinniger, hy is soos daai ander Bolander en eertydse legende van Moorreesburg, Chris Koch – krag EN spoed!
    Dis wat Velddrif se soutbokkoms en Swartland se vaaljapie jou gee….woema!!!!

    Rossouw en Pieter-Steph (sy oupa Piet was Koch se stutmaat vir Boland en die Bokke)is ons nuwe generasie spelers vir die volgende wereldbeker, saam met Pollard, Small-Smith, Jan Serfontein, Adendorf….

    Dinge lyk goed vorentoe vir die Groen en Goud.

  • 8

    6 @ Loosehead,
    I know he got shoved around, but how much of that was due to the combinations selected behind him. Before the Lions game he was doing ok. He is only 21, and can grow. But I cede to your better judgement, and experience in matters of the dak arts lol

  • 9

    Ross Geldenhuys?
    Nog n ‘biltong en biscuits’ klong vannie Kaap.

    Piet “Witsnor”, sy pa, het Kaapse Polisie/Bellville/WP/Griekwas 8ste-man gespeel in my dae, saam met Cliffie en “Skattie” Etzebeth.
    So, die laaities volg mooi in die toppies se spore daar in die WP.


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