Bevin Fortuin and Gaffie du Toit have signed with the SWD Eagles.
SWD president Stag Cronje confirmed this to the Kaapse Son newspaper, and added that Springbok Sevens player Jeandre Blom, New Zealand Maori hooker Junior Leota and Brive lock Wikus Liebenberg will also be joining the George-based union.
‘Du Toit’s contract with Toulouse expires on 15 June. We expect him and Leota to arrive soon after that. Fortuin, Blom and Liebenberg will join us on Monday,’ Cronje said.
‘This clearly shows how desperate we are to play in next year’s Currie Cup [Premier Division]. These players could contribute hugely to our efforts. A player like Gaffie is anything but over the hill. I watched him on TV a week ago and he was outstanding. We knew from the very beginning that he was the type of player we needed. To be a regular member of Toulouse’s 22-member squad shows that there is still a lot of rugby left in him.’
Earlier this month, Private Equity firm Bunker Capital bought the 50% share owned by Saru in the Eagles, which has allowed the union to attract higher-quality players.
SWD finished third on the Currie Cup First Division log last season, losing to the Griffons in the semi-finals.