In the wake of the news that lock Adriaan Fondse has left Western Province to join Newcastle in England, it has been confirmed that two other forward stalwarts have not been offered contract extensions for next season.
Loose forward Pieter Louw and prop JD Moller have been deemed surplus to requirements at Newlands and will presumably join Fondse in seeking new homes for 2012 and beyond. Contracting supremo Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that the union will rather back young players like Eben Etzebeth, Quinn Roux, Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe and will not be looking to bolster their forward depth via any external signings.
Rumours suggest that forwards coach Matt Proudfoot is nothing if not a little perturbed at his Director’s decision to allow the tight five stocks to deplete to such an extent.
Further criticism has been levelled at the Union for the failure to retain young backline stars in Johann Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht and Lionel Cronje, all of whom have joined the Bulls for next year. Province have also confirmed that veteran Conrad Jantjes will play in France next year, with Joe Pietersen and Gerhard van den Heever brought in to add options in the back three.Tweet