Stormers yet to sign Grant and Louw talks fail

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has revealed that they are still looking for a back row replacement and that they have not yet signed fly half Peter Grant.

Stormers loose forwards Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger and Nick Koster are all injured so the Stormers contacted former Stormers flanker Francois Louw about a short term contract.

Louw plays his rugby in Bath England now and Bath’s Premiership season has come to an end but the talks between Louw and the Stormers have failed to bring the flanker back to Newlands.

“The plan with Francois Louw is unfortunately off, ” Coetzee told Die Burger.

“For now we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got. Western Province made the semi-finals of the Vodacom Cup so it’s good to be able to use players from there.

“However, it does not mean that I can’t look elsewhere for a player. We need someone with experience.

“We need someone that can play No 8 or No 7 because Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster are both injured. Siya (Kolisi) is doing really well at No 6 and Deon Fourie also showed on tour he can play there,” said Coetzee.

On the signing of Peter Grant yesterday Coetzee told the Cape Times, “Peter Grant will be available for us next year again, the same like this year.”

However the coach has now denied that they have secured Grant for next season.

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