The former Junior Springbok, Abongile Nonkontwana, has penned a deal with the Toyota Cheetahs that will see him at the franchise until at least the end of October next year.
The big ball-carrying player initially joined the team on a short-term loan deal, however, has been offered an extension following a few good displays.
The player told Courant with the unfortunate loss of Oupa Mohoje to injury, it is an opportunity for himself to stake his claim in the Guinness Pro14 squad.
“It was never part of my plan to come on loan, as I saw growth for my rugby with the Cheetahs.
“I wasn’t going to get that within two months but a year gives me room for growth.
“I am very bummed that Oupa is injured because I was very eager to learn from him infield as he is experienced and a Bok.
“But yes, it does open doors for me and all I have to do is keep working and trust the process and guidance of the coaches.
“I’m very thankful to the Cheetahs for a warm welcome and opportunity as well.”
Meanwhile, the hooker, Joseph Dweba, has extended his contract until the end of 2020.
The Toyota Cheetahs will be playing in their first home game of the Pro14 on Saturday when they entertain the Scottish outfit, Glasgow Warriors, at the Toyota Stadium.
The Warriors and Munster were the only two teams to have managed a win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Saturday’s game in Bloemfontein will kick-off at 19:30. – MORGAN PIEK