Wentzel gets his Tigers stripes

Forgotten South African utility forward Marco Wentzel has agreed to a move to Leicester Tigers for next season.

The 27-year-old, who has played in the Heineken Cup for the last three seasons with Italian side Benetton Treviso, has also played for Boland Cavaliers, Cheetahs and Pumas in South Africa’s Currie Cup competition in recent years.

Wentzel started his provincial career with the SWD Eagles in birth city of George, moved to the Pumas in 2000 and played his first Super (12) Rugby game for the Bulls in 2001. He again played Super rugby for the Bulls in 2002 and earned his two Springbok Test caps on South Africa’s year-end tour to Europe.

He moved to the Cheetahs in 2003, played for the Cats that year and joined the Cavaliers in 2006.

At 200cm and weighing in at 110kg, Wentzel is seen as a line-out specialist who can play at lock or blindside flank.

Wentzel showed a lot of promise in the early parts of his career, especially as a great line-out jumper. His workrate, great speed in support and ability to double as flanker or lock makes him a valuable asset.

Tigers forwards coach Richard Cockerill said: “Marco is very big and he is an old-fashioned forward who is uncompromising, skilful and quick. You don’t play for the Springboks unless you are pretty useful.”

 

365 Digital

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