Boland attempt big signings

Boland are in the process of trying to lure foreign players to the union next season, which will also boost the Stormers depth in the 2010 Super 14.

According to Die Burger, the Kavaliers are in negotiations with Argentine prop Eusebio Guinazu, All Blacks centre Pita Alatini and Wallabies lock Justin Harrison. Agent Jason Smith confirmed that offers have been made to these players.

‘There is an offer from Boland for Guinazu and the chances are good that he will accept,’ said Smith. ‘I am also working on Alatini’s contract. He is coming to South Africa with his wife.’

It has been reported that the Stormers are not interested in Alatini, as he is past his best and last played for the All Blacks in 2001, but will look to use the services of Guinazu and Harrison.

Guinazu is a tighthead, who can also slot in at hooker. This versatility will be useful on the bench as the Pumas forward will be able to provide cover for two positions.

Harrison is currently serving a suspension for the use of cocaine, but the 35-year-old will be available for the Stormers in the Super 14 after his ban ends on 13 January. This will add experience to the second row as Adriaan Fondse is not expected to return in time for start of the Super 14.

WP chairperson Pat Kuhn believes these signings will benefit the Stormers.

‘It’s Boland’s initiative. We have a good relationship with them and their signings will boost rugby in the Western Cape,’ said Kuhn.

Boland president Francois Davids refused to comment.