Stormers coach John Dobson is backing Joseph Dweba

Stormers coach John Dobson. Photo: Stormers.

Major boost for Stormers as Springbok talent extends stay

The Stormers have taken another big step towards sustained success after retaining the services of another top Springbok star.

Stormers coach John Dobson is backing Joseph Dweba

Stormers coach John Dobson. Photo: Stormers.

The Stormers have been the dominant South African franchise force on the rugby scene over the last couple of years and seem set to only go from strength to strength.

In the latest bit of good news, loose forward Evan Roos has signed a contract extension that will see him continue to play for the Stormers until at least 2027.

The announcement follows similar extensions for Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Dan du Plessis and Ruben van Heerden.

Roos joined the squad in early 2021 and already has over 50 Stormers caps to his name. The burly back-rower is enjoying another good season. He has made the second-most successful carries in the URC this season with 88 and is also fourth on the list of turnovers won with 14.

The 24-year-old has five Test caps to his name, and will be hoping to cement his place as a Springbok regular over the next four-year World Cup cycle.

Stormers Director of Rugby John Dobson said that adding a player of Roos’ quality to the growing list of long-term extensions is another vote of confidence in the direction the squad is heading in.

“Evan has been simply sensational since joining us three years ago, and at just 24, there is still plenty more to come from him in a DHL Stormers jersey.

“He brings physicality, pace and most of all a fantastic attitude to everything he does and we look forward to watching him continue to grow in our system.

“These extensions and a few more that will be announced soon show that the key players in this squad are committed to our vision and have bought-in to build something special over the next few years, which is very exciting,” he said.

Rising Springbok star happy to be staying with the Stormers

Roos said that the decision to sign a three-year extension was an easy one.

“My rugby career has been transformed here at the DHL Stormers, and playing for this team means a lot to me.

“We have still got so much that we can achieve together and I want to play a central role in the future success that is to come,” he said.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN CAPE COUNTRY?

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the Red Disa Consortium had concluded its equity deal to secure a controlling shareholding in WP Professional Rugby (Pty) Ltd, and with it has come a major cash injection.

JD Schickerling is the latest Stormer to make his return to Cape Town, having signed a three-year deal. The 28-year-old made his Stormers debut back in 2016 and earned 40 caps before making the move to Japan in 2021.

In huge news last year, it was also confirmed that Steven Kitshoff will be coming home to Cape Town next season, having signed a two-year deal to return to the fold.

The powerful loosehead prop, who has 138 Stormers caps to his name, will return to Cape Town in July after being released from his current contract with Irish side Ulster.