Mnisi happy to return to Cheetahs

Howard Mnisi PHOTO: GALLO
The 30-year-old centre, Howard Mnisi, is relishing the opportunity to play for the Toyota Cheetahs again. Mnisi signed a two-year contract at the Cheetahs from the Southern Kings.

He will be making his return to Central South Africa for the first time in six years following a successful spell at the Lions, followed by a stint at the Kings. During the Guinness PRO14, Mnisi, also captained the team from Port Elizabeth on the odd occasion.

Mnisi told OFM Sport that he enjoys the Cheetahs brand of rugby and looks forward to his reunion with the coach, Hawies Fourie.

“They have experienced quite a successful run over the last couple of years. The brand of rugby played by the Cheetahs is quite exciting. It’s fast-paced and they know that I am keen to have a look at that, and I feel that I will fit right into that type of system.

“I have worked with Hawies before and I know what kind of coach he is. He likes to see players express themselves, but obviously within the limits of the game plan.

Mnisi adds that even though he will be a seasoned campaign in the squad he will be able to learn from the Springboks Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn, as well as, the new young signings who plied their trade in France.

“I am just excited to come back, learn from all the guys with the experience that they bring, with the likes of guys like Francois Steyn and Ruan Pienaar. I am pretty sure a lot of the youngsters also gained experience by plying their trade in the northern hemisphere. I am just going out there to learn and part with a bit of knowledge I have picked over the years, and just be a positive influence for the squad.

Mnisi will report for duty at the Cheetahs on 1 July.

Morgan Piek