New Western Province recruit A J Venter says he is going to Cape Town to win the Super 14 with the Stormers next year.
And his first match for his new side in the Currie Cup will be when he faces the Sharks on June 20, reports Ashfak Mohamed on IOL.
The 34-year-old loose forward-cum-lock was initially going to retire at the end of the current Super 14, but said that a “fresh body” and healthy mind had swayed him to take up the offer from WP last week.
“I am really excited about joining WP and the Stormers,” he said. “I did feel tired last year, so that’s why I felt that this would be my last Super 14. But I haven’t played a lot of rugby this year, as I seemed to fall out of favour for some reason at the Sharks.
“I do understand that they have a lot of quality young loose forwards and locks, so Dick and John wanted to give them more game time.
“I have been in talks with WP before, but things didn’t work out. They have a good bunch of players and an excellent coaching staff under Rassie Erasmus. You could say that they have a complete team.
“I have never won the Super 14, so that is really important for me. I have been in a few semi-finals and last year’s final, so I want to win the tournament for a change.”
Venter is nursing a broken thumb, but he says he will be fit to start playing in the Currie Cup.
“Can you believe it, hey? My first game for WP is the Sharks in Durban. I probably won’t get the best welcome in Durban, but I am looking forward to it. I do enjoy playing there,” he said.
“I broke my thumb two weeks ago against the Chiefs. But it is only a hairline fracture, so the doctor said I would be able to play in two weeks’ time. So I will be fit to face the Sharks. But I just want to say that I had an unbelievable eight years with them. And there has been talk about why I didn’t play in the semifinal last week, but like I said, I did break my thumb,” said Venter.Tweet