Jacobs weighs up options

The Stormers are considering signing Adi Jacobs but the former Springbok has also had offers from overseas clubs.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Jacobs’s contract with the Sharks would not be renewed, and that he was keen on a move to the Stormers. Coach Allister Coetzee has said that he wouldn’t mind having the former Springbok centre on his books.

Former Lions flyhalf Burton Francis trained with the team earlier this week, and Coetzee has intimated that Jacobs would also be welcome at pre-season training, and that a Super Rugby contract could be on the cards.

The Stormers are likely to field Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh, two current Springboks, as their first-choice midfield combination, but there is space for another centre in the greater squad.

Jaque Fourie has left the side to play rugby in Japan, and at this stage it uncertain whether he will be released for the start of the 2012 Super Rugby tournament. The talented Johann Sadie has moved to the Bulls, while Tim Whitehead is now with the Sharks.

Jacobs has confirmed that he has had offers from abroad, but he would also be interested in linking up with the Stormers.

If the Cape side succeeds in his securing his signature, it would provide them with some experience in reserve, but it would also beg the question of how a rare talent like Sadie and a world-beater like Fourie were both allowed to leave the franchise.