Scrumhalf Falie Oelschig has decided to close the book on his career with Free State Cheetahs, and opted to play his rugby in France.
The 29-year-old Oelschig tied the knot this past weekend, and has decided to consolidate financially by accepting an offer from French club Stade Francais, according to a report on Rugby365.
According to Volksblad, Oelschig is believed to have signed a three-year deal with the French giants, and will not be available for the Free State Cheetahs in this year’s Currie Cup competition.
Oelschig made his debut in 2000 for the Cheetahs, and has been a stalwart for the union for a long time.
But recently he has been at the receiving end of some booing from the Free State crowd after a few disciplinary lapses got him into hot water this season.
“The player is 29 now, so we had a chat and decided to release him from his contract,” said Free State coach Naka Drotské.
Drotské also revealed that Springbok Sevens captain Neil Powell would rejoin the Free State for the upcoming Currie Cup.
“We have to replace experience with more experience,” stated Drotské of Powell, who turns 30 next month.
“He will be here temporarily to play in the Currie Cup.”
Powell has of course played for the Free State franchise before, and has notched up no less than 63 caps for the Cheetahs. Powell also has played 13 games for Griquas, and 49 for the Blue Bulls, whom he represented in last year’s Currie Cup.
Powell will join another new signing, flyhalf Chris Rossouw, in Bloemfontein. Rossouw is set to join the team on Wednesday, while Powell will arrive next week.
There is also talk of two more possible recruits for the Free State Cheetahs. Talks are reportedly underway with another Sevens player, flank Schalk van der Merwe, as well as lock Boela du Plooy, who is currently a Stade Francais player.
Drotské also revealed that his team trained well last week ahead of their compulsory friendly against the Leopards in Potchefstroom this coming Friday.
The Free State Cheetahs will have to tackle the Leopards, and possibly their first few Currie Cup matches, without the services of injured players such as Duanne Vermeulen (eighthman), Meyer Bosman (centre), Richardt Strauss (hooker), Kobus Calldo (prop) and Alwyn Hollenbach (fullback).Tweet