Beeld alleges that Jake White has enjoyed a successful “hunting trip” to his country of birth and will indeed return to Canberra flourishing the signature of a young South African lock forward, just as he intended to do.
It will surprise few, I guess, that it was right in his old Johannesburg backyard that the former Bok coach found the player he was looking for, with the Lions squad a particularly rich hunting ground for any potential predator, given that side’s exclusion from Super Rugby in 2013. White had early been said to be on the look out for a promising young second rower that could go on to become a mainstay in the Brumbies pack – as well as qualifying to do the same for the Wallabies in years to come.
That man, we’re told, is young Lion Etienne Oosthuizen, who made his Super Rugby debut for the beleaguered franchise earlier this season at the tender age of just 19.
Standing at 1.98m tall and already weighing an eye-watering 120kg, Oosthuizen is more-than-capable at both lock and blindside flank and while no official confirmation is yet available that he is indeed on his way to Australia, Beeld reckons that he has definitely signed on for the Brumbies for at least the next three years.
The Lions have already lost Baby Bok locks Paul Willemse and Ruan Botha for next year; they’re going to the Bulls and Western Province respectively.Tweet