Du Toit to leave Sharks and play for Stormers

The Western Province Rugby Union and the Stormers have announced that they
have signed four cap Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit from the Sharks.

Du Toit will join recent signings props JC Janse van Rensburg and JP Smith,
as well as Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks.

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal commented: “We are excited that Pieter-Steph
has decided to return (home) to the Cape, where he was born and raised, and
so too is Cornal Hendricks – a tall, fast wing who is a proven performer at
international level.

“JC (Janse van Rensburg) is an experienced loosehead prop with plenty
top-level captaincy experience, so we believe all our signings will bolster
us in key areas. “

Du Toit, who recently turned 23, was a member of the triumphant SA Under-20
team of 2012, before making his Test debut for the Springboks in Cardiff in
November 2013.

To date he has played four Tests, the most recent being against Argentina in
Buenos Aires earlier this month when he featured as a replacement flank – adding
versatility to his many attributes, which include physicality, mobility and
fantastic line-out and aerial skills.

“We want Western Province Rugby to continue to attract the biggest names
in South Africa and someone like Pieter-Steph du Toit certainly fits the bill.

“We have our eye on a few more players, along with some re-signings that
we will announce very soon, whilst we will also be concluding our search for
a new Super Rugby coach shortly, ” concluded Smal.

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