Blue Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will pull on his third jersey in just two seasons when he moves to the Cheetahs next year. The Emerging Bok, who has fallen out of favour in Pretoria in recent times, was drafted into the Sharks Super 14 squad earlier this year as emergency cover for Johann Muller and Gerhard Mostert.
While a number of websites – as well as both unions – seem to confirm the Steenkamp switch, one in particular – Suparugby – has let the cat out of the bag about a switch that I’ve heard talked about for some time. It looks likely that Sharks centre Andries Strauss will finally be heading back to Bloemfontein, after leaving his home town to join the Sharks at the end of the 2005 season. Strauss, who initially was selected as first choice inside centre for the majority of the 2006 Super 14, saw his shares drop as first Brad Barritt, then later Frans Steyn and Riaan Swanepoel established a monopoly on the number 12 jersey.
Always prepared to give his all, Strauss – a regular Vodacom Cup captain – seems to have finally made the decision to move back and try to revive a career that has never really hit the anticipated heights in Durban. Ironically, the chances are that he will leave as the Sharks incumbent number 12. The theory put forward on SupaRugby is that the signing of Meyer Bosman has put paid to any lingering hopes Strauss may have had of game time in the Super 15, so he’s moving the other way to fill the gap vacated by his rival.
Don’t take this as confirmed yet, but it does now pass my “two independent sources” rule and as such, is probably pretty close to what will happen.Tweet