Coetzee calls up ‘other Louw’
29 May 2012
Flanker Pieter Louw has come out of retirement to bolster the Stormers loose-forward stocks.
Louw thought his career was over when he wasn’t re-contracted by Western Province at the end of 2011. But following a string of injuries to the Stormers that has seen Schalk Burger, Nick Koster, Duane Vermeulen and Nizaam Carr injured, Louw has been brought in as loose forward cover.
Die Son reports that Louw is already training with the Stormers. Siya Kolisi is expected to start this weekend but if there are further injuries, Louw may need to slot in as required.
The Stormers have attempted to recruit several other experienced players without any success. Louw’s namesake Francois is tied to a contract in Bath, while Ernst Joubert (Saracens) and Todd Clever (NTT Shining Arcs) are also unable to answer the SOS.
Coetzee said that he believes Pieter Louw can play all three loose forward positions which makes him a valuable addition to the squad.