Stormers prop Neethling Fouche.

Stormers prop Neethling Fouche.

Stormers lock in another star tight forward

Stormers secure the services of another key squad member on a long-term basis.

Stormers prop Neethling Fouche.

Stormers prop Neethling Fouche.

Tighthead prop Neethling Fouche has signed a contract extension with the Stormers keeping him in Cape Town for the foreseeable future.

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The 30-year-old has developed into a fearsome front-rower over the last six years in the Western Province Rugby system and is set to continue on that upwards trajectory over the next three years, after signing on to stay at the union until 2026.

Fouche has become a vital cog in the Stormers’ engine room, bringing power and technical skills in the tight exchanges and set-pieces, while also providing some impressive skills in the loose.

He already has 46 Stormers caps and has appeared 33 times for Western Province after six seasons and should add significantly to those tallies in the years ahead.

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Commenting on his decision to stay at the Stormers, Fouche said that he is looking forward to what the future holds for both himself and the team.

“There is nowhere I would rather be playing my rugby right now and there is a lot to be excited about going forward as a member of this squad,” he said.

“How fortunate we are to play rugby for a living. I want to keep challenging myself to hit the highest standards possible while enjoying what I do, and wherever that leads me I’ll be happy.”

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Stormers head coach John Dobson said that it is fantastic to have Fouche signed on for the prime of his career.

“Neethling has worked hard on his game over the last six years here and we have all seen the results,” the Stormers boss offered.

“He brings a lot to the team in every aspect of the game. His basics are sound and he is as physical as they come, but also has a good rugby brain, which is so valuable.

“We are looking forward to seeing where Neethling can go in what is usually the prime period for players in his position,” he added.

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Stormers tighthead prop Neethling Fouche.
Stormers tighthead prop Neethling Fouche on the charge. Photo: Twitter/@URCOfficial_RSA