Western Province lose Steenkamp to the Ospreys

BY NATALI IVERSON - SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Western Province lock, Michiel de Kock Steenkamp, will continue his career overseas on a three year deal with Welsh club, Ospreys. He will be leaving at the end of September.

“Joining Ospreys is a great opportunity for me and a challenge that I can’t wait to get stuck into,” Steenkamp said in a statement on the club’s official website.

Since sustaining a groin injury in March, Steenkamp has missed the entire 2014 rugby year, with signs of the injury not clearing up. According to Supersport.com, this has made it easier for the Stormers to let Steenkamp leave.

Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, confirmed on Monday that Steenkamp will be taking his career overseas.

"'De Kock is injured and he has really struggled with that groin injury, which is why he has been out for the whole year,” said Coetzee.

"So when the opportunity for him to play overseas came up, we decided not to stand in his way.”

During Steenkamp’s absence, the Cape side had struggled during the early stages of the Super Rugby season; however, Ruan Botha quickly took his place and proved himself as a capable substitute.

Botha was named Man of the Match in last week’s game against the Eastern Province Kings, and has been a strong in line-outs as well as in the general play for the Stormers. Some coaches who have worked with Botha have said that he is a future Springbok.

The Western Province Stormers will next face the Golden Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on the 13th of September.

 

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