November 1, 2013
Tim Swiel, the Under-20 member of Western Province Rugby, has rather opted to accept an offer from the Sharks and will move to Durban to further his rugby career.
WP, however, have contracted the necessary depth in the shape of 2012 SA Schools flyhalf Ryno Eksteen who is back to full fitness from a knee injury.
Furthermore, schoolboy flyhalves Brandon Thomson (SA Schools, 2013) and Ernst Stapelberg (the highly-rated No.10 from Eastern Province) are part of the star-studded Western Province Rugby Insitute intake for next year and will add to the selection options for the WP Under-19 and Under-21 teams in 2014. (See that squad here.)
Eksteen has two years of Under-21 rugby ahead of him, whilst Thompson and Stapelberg will be Under-19 in 2014.
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While the four teams who will contest the Vodacom Cup quarterfinals from the South Section have been decided, the race to get into the play-offs in the North Section is not over yet after the penultimate round of pool action.
DHL Western Province recorded a deserved 28-15 Vodacom Cup, Round Six win over a battle-hardened Free State XV at City Park on Saturday afternoon.
With only two rounds of Vodacom Cup pool action left, no fewer than 13 teams are technically still in contention to reach the quarterfinals - including, of course, DHL WP who are in action at City Park on Saturday.
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