SA latest – Rose’s Stormers move confirmed
27 May 2011
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Rose’s Stormers move confirmed – Peter Grant has failed a fitness test and will be replaced by Kurt Coleman for Saturday’s game, while Griquas flyhalf Earl Rose will join the team ahead of their match against the Rebels.
There’s been a lot of speculation this week about possible replacements. The Stormers have lost Gary van Aswegen and Lionel Cronje for lengthy spells and now Grant’s ankle injury will see him return to South Africa. The injury will require at least three weeks to heal and he will not be able to train during this period.
It was confirmed by the Stormers’ management on Friday that Rose will join the team as cover for Coleman. Dewaldt Duvenage will be the back up pivot this weekend, while Rose will assume these duties when he arrives in Australia on Monday.
Rose will be with the Stormers’ squad until Grant recovers.
‘Earl has the experience required to provide specialised cover for Kurt,’ said coach Allister Coetzee. ‘He has a valid visa and thus was immediately available for travel after having being released by Griquas. He will slot into the Stormers’ structures and be carefully managed.’
Coetzee added that Cronje’s knee injury has responded to treatment and he could feature again this season should the Stormers qualify for the semi-finals.
Toulon sign Pretorius – Former Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius will join French club Toulon later this year.
Reports from France indicate the Lions pivot, who has struggled with injuries this season, will provide cover for England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson. He is currently sidelined with a groin injury, and with the Lions switching between Elton Jantjies and Butch James at No 10, Pretorius is unlikely to feature again for the Johannesburg franchise this season.
Toulon have also recently signed league convert Willie Mason, Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau and Springbok enforcer Bakkies Botha. They failed to reach the Top 14 play-offs this season and are hoping the influx of talent will aid their title ambitions.