I really enjoy Bloem and the environment at the Cheetahs – Rudolph

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The Toyota Cheetahs forward, Jeandré Rudolph, looks forward to continuing his rugby career with the Free State-based franchise.

Rudolph has signed a two-year contract extension with the team despite interest from teams that compete in the United Rugby Championship.

Rudolph is one of six current players to extend their stay and they include the fiery-flanker Gideon van der Merwe, the lock Rynier Bernardo and the centre, Evardi Boshoff.

Rudolph told OFM Sport that he enjoys playing his rugby in Bloemfontein.

“It’s always nice to stay at a union a little bit longer, especially a union like the Cheetahs,” said Rudolph.

“I’ve really enjoyed my rugby here the last couple of year and the people of Bloemfontein have been so welcoming to me.

“I really enjoy Bloem and the environment at the Cheetahs, so I’m looking forward to the next couple of years and hopefully we will achieve some greatness in that time.”

Meanwhile, the American international scrumhalf, Ruben de Haas, will return to the Cheetahs following a two-year spell at Saracens in England.

It is expected that 88-time capped Springbok Ruan Pienaar will call it a day when his contract expires at the end of October.

De Haas, whose dad Pieter and grandfather Gerard also played for the Free State, has been tipped to be the replacement for the legendary halfback.

Morgan Piek