Cheetahs scoop Lions prop
The Toyota Cheetahs have picked up their second prop in just over a week after they signed a one-year deal with Lions prop Caylib Oosthuizen to join them from the end of the season.
Oosthuizen becomes the second Lions prop in two days to announce that he is leaving the union, this after supersport.com reported on Friday that Jacobie Adriaanse joined Welsh club Scarletts from the end of the season.
The young Oosthuizen, who was highly rated by Lions coach John Mitchell before his suspension, will now fall under the tutelage of Bok legend Os du Randt, and will join Rossouw de Klerk, who signed for the Cheetahs just over a week ago.
Naka Drotske’s team were looking for replacements after they lost WP Nel to Edinburgh and Marcel van der Merwe to the Blue Bulls and now have two top-class up-and-coming players to take their place.
For the Lions, the news of Oosthuizen’s departure isn’t a train-smash as he had apparently indicated he would be leaving at the end of the season as his contract expired.
The former SA Schools and SA under-19 prop made his Super Rugby debut this year and will be a welcome addition to the Cheetahs' ranks.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske confirmed the signing and said he was excited about the acquisition of such an impressive player as Oosthuizen.
“He is a great player and a very good ball carrier. He will definitely fit in well in the Cheetahs' structures,” Drotske told supersport.com
Oosthuizen’s agent, Anthony Johnson of World Artists, who also did the Adriaanse move, said it was a good move for his client.
“Caylib was impressive with the few opportunities afforded to him in this year’s Super Rugby competition. With regular game-time he could become a top player,” Johnson said.
“I know Naka and Os are looking forward to working with Caylib. It was a big decision for Caylib but he is excited about the move.”