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Goosen makes Pro14 debut

Springbok Johan Goosen will make his Guinness Pro14 debut for the Toyota Cheetahs when they line up against Irish club Munster in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

Goosen, who will play his first competitive match since December 2016, has been training with the Cheetahs over the past month since his contractual troubles were sorted when Montpellier bought out his contract from Racing Metro.

Goosen was barred from playing after he “retired” and Metro refused to let him out of his contract at the time. But now Montpellier have agreed to let the Cheetahs use him, and he will join the French side in June this year for the new European season.

Goosen is a massive boost for the Cheetahs and will be available for them should they qualify for the playoff rounds of the Pro14 season.

His inclusion is one of two changes coach Rory Duncan made to the side, with Niel Marais moving to 12 from 10 to accommodate the former Springbok. Clinton Swart drops to the bench in the process.

The Cheetahs have a number of injured players who weren’t eligible for selection, including: Dennis Visser (knee), Elandré Huggett (knee) Ruan van Rensburg, (hand), Luan de Bruin (chest muscle), Shaun Venter (groin), Malcolm Jaer (hand), Nico Lee (ankle), Luther Obi (knee), Justin Basson (ankle).

Toyota Cheetahs: 15.Clayton Blommetjies, 14.William Small-Smith, 13.Francois Venter, 12.Niel Marais, 11.Raps Maxwane, 10.Johan Goosen, 9.Tian Meyer, 8.Uzair Cassiem, 7.Oupa Mohoje, 6.Paul Schoeman, 5.Reniel Hugo, 4.Carl Wegner, 3.Johan Coetzee, 2.Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1.Ox Nche.

Reserves: 16.Jacques du Toit, 17.Charles Marais, 18.Tom Botha, 19.Rynier Bernardo, 20.Henco Venter, 21.Zee Mkhabela, 22.Clinton Swart, 23.AJ Coertzen.


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