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Since we are now a 'Pro X' team. A general thread dedicated to the Stormers. I was tempted to call it the Stormers pity party but

 

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So promising WP wing Edwill van der Merwe off to join the other sinking ship that is the Sigma Lions:

"Edwill grew up supporting Western Province and the Stormers and came up through our age-group ranks, so naturally we wanted to keep him here and, as we have said before, we did everything we could to do so.

"He has got plenty of game time this year and as a result has hit some impressive form and he still has a big role to play for us until he leaves, so we are looking forward to seeing some great tries and trademark celebrations."

"We are also looking forward to announcing some new signings which will bolster our squad ahead of the United Rugby Championship," Dobson added.

Sad to see him go. I had thought we'd at least hold on to our up and commers. Hope Wolhuter and Roos do stay on. Wonder what the bolded bit will entail.
 

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Yea was very suprised to see this. As you say Lions are in their own dire straights
 

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For what it's worth, I think the Stormers are the only side who can haemorrhage players and staff. Lack
accountability, good governance, profitability and then still be one of the most competitive sides around year after year.

They stay the team of the province which is the rugby heartland of South Africa, which is by far the strongest developmental region (historically and currently) along with the most advanced stadium of all SA rugby teams in the most touristy city of South Africa.

It's rather clear that despite their challenges, the Stormers in whatever entity they become is set up to stay at the top.
 

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Its nice of you to say so but in a way it makes me even more sad LOL.

I would say if this URC venture is financially successful or at least more so than SR was maybe we can start turning the ship around but the realist in me says that the bigger the honey pot the more flies it will attract. We won't be going anywhere in a sustainable manner without a clean break from our current setup.
 

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Kade will be at the Bulls in a year or two, lol......get some coaching from Morne before he retires.
 

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Kade will be at the Bulls in a year or two, lol......get some coaching from Morne before he retires.
Well, that just wouldn't surprise me at al LOL. My hope is that they signed Steyn and Pollard both straight from schools. Between Steyn, Goosen and Smith they do also have some depth there. Looks like the Sharks are the team we have to be most scared of right now. Hope we manage to keep Wolhuter...
 

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Pieter-Steph du Toit lost to Japan (Toyota Verblitz)

https://www.news24.com/sport/rugby/...ns-for-japanese-club-toyota-verblitz-20210906

So our line out will have to get looked at what with losing both Shcikerling as primary operator and Du Toit as a 3rd jumper. These are also alongside Kitshoff and Mbonambi some senior players we are losing. I just hope for my nerves' sake we start seeing some news of players signing for WP.
 

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I’ve already resigned to the fact that we are going to be nowhere in this tournament. Until all the mess at WP is cleaned up and resolved, we won’t be able to compete.
 

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Did you see SARU started the administration process.

 

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Did you see SARU started the administration process.

I've seen it but I don't understand the intricacies sufficiently to quite grasp what precisely this means. Somehow I doubt it translates into the clean slate I think WP rugby needs. Put a bullet in its head and start something entirely new and independent from the politicking of the clubs in the region where the tail wags the dog and the administrators across the region not just the WPRU execs line their pockets as the gravy train trudges by.

So my hope is a complete dissolution of the current structure rather than trying to salvage anything. The quicker and cleaner the death the better IMO. Start something new that's lean and hungry.
 

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Stormers/WP announce three players that will add depth as loan players. Loose forwards Junior Pokomela (Cheetahs), Willie Engelbrecht (Pumas) and scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer (Griquas).

https://www.news24.com/sport/rugby/...ngs-for-urc-with-more-on-the-horizon-20210913

Not wanting to complain but I can't help thinking thesethree players aren't close to the type of player we have lost and play positions where we actually do have class so would only ever come into the fold if a 1st choice player were injured.
 

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Stormers add another lock and flyhalf to our stocks. Flyhalf Manie Libbok and lock Adre Smith have both signed three-year contracts with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR) ahead of the United Rugby Championship.

https://www.news24.com/sport/rugby/...eir-united-rugby-championship-stocks-20210915

Another flyhalf signifies to me that Damian Willemse will either be seen as playing at 12 or 15 rather as we do have quite a few flyhalves already. Libbok can also cover at 15. Mt preferences at 10 for us is Wolhuter and Swiel in that order. I'm a big fan of Willemse at 10. I've seen amazing stuff from him in that position but not for a good long time. Wolhuter for me. Willemse at 12. Gelant 15.
 
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