Among the latest players to extend their contracts with the stormers is Ruhan Nel, a former Blitzboks star, who will continue to play a crucial role in the team until 2026.
Partnered alongside Dan du Plessis in the midfield, their combination will propell the Cape franchise to the URC final in the previous season. At 32 years old, Nel’s experience will be invaluable not only as a player but also in his dual role at the Stormers and Western Province.
Mirroring prop Brok Harris, who transitioned from playing to coaching, Nel has been actively involved as a defense coach, working closely with the esteemed Norman Laker. This move aims to enhance the team’s defensive structures and elevate their performance on the field.
Despite both Nel and Du Plessis being standout performers, they narrowly missed out on national team selection during the World Cup. Nevertheless, their impressive form keeps the door open for future opportunities with the Springboks.
Accompanying Nel in extending their stay with the Stormers is former Pumas captain, Willie Engelbrecht, aged 31. Known for his physicality and robust playstyle, Engelbrecht has been an asset to the team’s loose trio, particularly following the departure and injuries of senior players.
The Stormers also bolstered their player corps with the addition of former Springbok winger Courtnall Skosan. At 32 years old, Skosan, who represented the Boks in 12 tests, returns to his hometown after parting ways with English Premiership club Northampton Saints.
His arrival, along with Englishman Ben Loader, adds depth to the wing position and allows head coach John Dobson to reintroduce youngster Suleiman Hartzenberg as an outside centre.
Meanwhile, lock Hendre Stassen, who faced a four-year ban for prohibited substances, is set to make his return to the playing field after overcoming his suspension. The 25-year-old has also committed to WP Rugby until 2026.
In anticipation of the new season, an imminent announcement is expected regarding the addition of Bok prop Lizo Gqoboka, who will join the Stormers from the Bulls.
With these strategic moves, the Stormers aim to challenge for top honours in the Champions Cup and URC as they gear up for the highly competitive season ahead.
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