Cheetahs sign BabyBok skipper Pokomela


The Toyota Cheetahs have confirmed that the Spring U20 loose-forward, Junior Pokomela, will be playing his rugby in Bloemfontein.

The Cheetahs secured the players from the Eastern Province Kings on a two-year deal. Earlier in the week the player met with his new team in the City of Roses.

The Cheetahs also confirmed that Thembelani Bholi will be leaving shortly after penning a deal with the side.

Pokomela’s signing comes hot on the heels of the former Kings tighthead prop, Tom Botha, who linked up with the team on their way to Japan to play against Toyota Verblitz.

Botha will be making his official Cheetahs debut on Saturday when they face the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington in their opening game of the 2016 Currie Cup.

The 19-year-old Pokomela attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. In 2014 he represented the South African schools side and in 2016 he made 5 appearances for the South African U20 team at the World Rugby Junior World Championships in Manchester, England.

He was also the vice-captain of the BabyBoks team.

After the centre and captain, Jeremy Ward, received a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle, Pokomela was handed the captains’ armband for the third-place play-off against the Los Pumitas of Argentina. – MORGAN PIEK