Stormers to Stellies

Keo.co.za has learnt that the Stormers and Western Province are to relocate to a high-performance centre in Stellenbosch from next year.

The move, sure to cause disruption to those players based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, has been mooted for a number of months.

The primary motivation has been the inadequate Bellville facility, where the squad currently train during the week. Successive coaching teams have complained about the substandard facilities at Bellville.

The decision was communicated to the squad earlier today, and whilst there will be relief that Bellville is finally being abandoned, the inability to find or create facilities closer to Cape Town than Stellenbosch does mean that disruption to a large number of players is guaranteed.

A majority of the squad currently live in the northern suburbs of Cape Town because of the team’s facility at Bellville, with some opting to stay closer to Newlands in the south.