Du Toit opts to stay at Stormers

Pieter-Steph du Toit opts to stay at Stormers

The Stormers received a massive boost on Thursday with the news that World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has committed his future to the franchise. 

Pieter-Steph Du Toit - AFP

The union says Du Toit has changed his decision to end his contract and committed his future to Western Province Rugby.

This means that Du Toit will remain with the Stormers until at least the end of the British and Irish Lions tour next year,  with the Springbok forward saying he was always intent on staying in the Cape and continuing his career with the Stormers. 

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Coach John Dobson says it is crucial for the franchise to keep experienced world class players like Du Toit and the other seven World Cup winners in the squad.

“Pieter-Steph is an important team member, his extraordinary work-rate coupled with his ball carrying skills, makes our forward pack even more formidable.

“The rehabilitation on his injury is progressing well and we are looking forward to seeing him in a DHL Stormers jersey again when we get back on the field.

“Not only is this good for the DHL Stormers and Western Province Rugby, but it is also good for South African rugby that we have kept such prominent players in the country, looking ahead at the post-pandemic rugby offering and market.

“We are proud as a union of our achievement of contracting eight Rugby World Cup winning Springboks in the province and keeping them in the country.”

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