Sias signs with Force

The Force have announced the recruitment of Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn on a two-year deal.

Ebersohn, who has struggled to establish himself at the Bloemfontein franchise, signed as the club’s foreign developing player. With Johan Goosen likely to boss the flyhalf spot as long as he remains at the Cheetahs and the coaching staff seemingly having lost confidence in Ebersohn, the latter’s playing time was set to be limited.

RugbyWA CEO Vern Reid said the Force had been tracking Ebersohn’s progress and made the approach during the side’s recent visit to Bloemfontein.

‘Following our meeting, Sias has agreed to accept our offer to be the foreign developing player in the 2013 season,’ Reid said. ‘The agreement is now before the Australian Rugby Union as they need to approve any foreign developing player contracts under the contracting guidelines.’

Foreign developing players are signed on a two-year contract with a Super Rugby franchise and must exhibit potential to play for the Wallabies to be approved by the ARU.

‘In our view, Sias has great potential to make a significant impact for the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition and at an international level and for the past couple of seasons has been touted as a future Springbok,’ Reid added. ‘We are delighted he has accepted the offer to play for the Force and look forward to welcoming him into the programme.’