Official announcement on Venter expected later this week

Francois Venter PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

An official announcement on the departure of the Toyota Cheetahs captain and Springbok centre, Francois Venter, is expected later this week.

Venter has signed a contract to play his rugby at the English Premiership club, Worcester Warriors.

The Cheetahs arrived back in South Africa on Monday afternoon from their three-week long Guinness Pro14 tour to Wales and Scotland, and the franchise want to afford the player the opportunity to make the announcement himself.

Venter has been a stalwart of Free State Rugby since 2014 and led the team to the Currie Cup title in 2016.

The player was schooled in the Free State and the renowned rugby factory, Grey College, before going to Pretoria to study at the University of Pretoria. While in the capital city, Venter, made 43 appearances for the Blue Bulls, scoring 12 tries. He also represented Bulls in 11 Super Rugby matches.

Venter has represented the Cheetahs in over 50 matches in the Currie Cup, Super Rugby and Pro14.

He has also represented the Springboks on 7 occasions and also played for the Barbarians.

He will be joining the English club, along with the head coach, Rory Duncan, who will also be leaving the team at the end of the Pro14. Duncan’s departure sees Franco Smith taking over as the teams head coach.

The Cheetahs tackle the Irish team, Connacht, on Saturday evening in their next Pro14 match.

Connacht arrive in Bloemfontein at 17:00 on Monday afternoon. – MORGAN PIEK