Warrick Gelant, who was a member of the triumphant Springbok Rugby World Cup squad last year, has joined the DHL Stormers from the Vodacom Bulls – the announcement was made a number of weeks ago.
Joining Gelant in Cape Town will be Tim Swiel, a former junior rugby prodigy who hails from Cape Town. He represented the SA Schools team out of Western Province in 2011, but later moved to the Cell C Sharks before leaving for England, where he played for Harlequins and the Newcastle Falcons.
DHL Stormers coach John Dobson said Swiel had returned to South Africa for personal reasons, and the player will fall in with Western Province via their clubs system, as soon as rugby resumes.
Blitzbok stalwart Werner Kok, who hails from Mpumalanga and played Currie Cup rugby for DHL Western Province earlier in his career, and former Junior Springbok utility back Manie Libbok have decided to make Durban their new home.
Kok, who played in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team in Los Angeles earlier this year, signed with the Cell C Sharks a while ago, but has been unable to start training with his new team due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The same fate applied to the 22-year-old Libbok, who has decided to move to Durban from Pretoria, where he made a steady rise up the Vodacom Bulls’ ranks in recent years. The versatile back, who was born in the Eastern Cape, played for the Junior Springboks in 2016 and 2017 and is comfortable at flyhalf and fullback.