The Cheetahs’ Ebersohn brothers, Robert and Sias, top the shopping list of South Africa’s big rugby franchises. With the window period for negotiations now open, there is huge competition to win the race for the twins’ signatures for 2010.
Stephen Nell reports that the Cheetahs have apparently started negotiations to have their contracts extended, but the Sharks, Western Province and the Blue Bulls are paying close attention.
The Sharks are said to have already made an offer for Robert and Sias, while WP could come up with one shortly.
The Bulls are very interested in Robert but there is a strong emotional bond between the brothers and they would prefer playing together. The fact that the Bulls are the Super14 champions could provide an advantage in their negotiations.
In last year’s Currie Cup, Robert managed to establish himself as an excellent outside centre. This year, he played for the Springbok Sevens team instead of the Cheetahs in the Super14.
Sias is one of the country’s foremost young flyhalfs. But the Cheetahs have recently signed Louis Strydom and that could be problematic for Sias’s development as the No 10.
The Cheetahs will also struggle to retain some of their other talented young players as Western Province have already made an offer for the SA U-21 tighthead prop, Coenie Oosthuizen.
There is also some interest in luring the brilliant young flyhalf, Lionel Cronjé, from Bloemfontein to the Mother City. With Peter Grant being used as inside centre by WP, the flyhalf situation in the Cape needs to be urgently addressed.
Sport24 also learned that Stormers captain Jean de Villiers will continue with his plan to further his career with Munster in Ireland.
This move has not yet been confirmed by Munster or De Villiers but the rumours appear credible and WP can’t afford to wait too long.
The WP will use Grant and Morgan Newman on Saturday as centre pair against the Sharks. Both prefer to play inside centre.
Frikkie Welsh, who has often played outside centre for the Blue Bulls, was recently signed by WP and will feature as the right wing against the Sharks.
With Grant and Newman already on their books, the WP’s priority could turn to looking for a top outside centre should De Villiers move. In that respect, Roberts would be a valuable asset for WP.
This budding midfield star has many options and the right decision could give his career a major boost.
Jaque Fourie, who this year made his mark as South Africa’s best outside centre, is expected to continue his career with the French club, Clermont.Tweet