The Toyota Cheetahs are continuing to build on their depth with young players as they expanded their group called the “Next Generation” with a flyhalf.
The 18-year-old Chadley Josias from George in the South Western Cape will be heading to Bloemfontein at the end of the year to link up with the Cheetahs.
He has the distinction of playing for two of the finest rugby schools in South Africa, namely Glenwood in Durban and now Outeniqua in George. By his own admission, he never fitted in at Glenwood and is much happier playing for the Kwaggas.
He has represented SWD at age-group level and even played for them during the 2019 U18 Craven Week, which was hosted by Grey College in Bloemfontein.
Josias told Bloemfontein Courant that this is the first major step in what he hopes will become a professional career.
“I am really looking forward and I am really excited to head up to Bloemfontein. I cannot wait for next year. The names of Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Rosko Specman and the others being there as well as being in the same environment as them, makes me excited.
“I was very much in my comfort zone down here. I have to get out of my comfort zone, it often makes me perform better than when I am close to home, close to family and all of that. I know that it’s definitely going to be a challenge, but that’s what I like. Life is all about challenges I guess.”
It has also been confirmed that he will be representing the Central University of Technology Ixias as of the 2021 Varsity Cup. Ixias coach, Pieter Bergh, simply said “I haven’t met him to be honest, but he is a very talented player and I am looking forward to working with him.”
The other recent junior signings are George Cronjé, Marcell Muller, Lesley Botha and Juan-Dee Oliver, who all hail from Grey College. – MORGAN PIEK