Tier becomes a Bull

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Tier Schoeman PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The flanker Tier Schoeman becomes the latest player to confirm his departure from the Toyota Cheetahs.

There has been speculation that the 25-year-old player would be departing the franchise following the Guinness Pro14, however, the news was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Schoeman will be heading to the Jacaranda City to represent the Bulls.

The Cheetahs officially greeted 13 players, as well as their head coach this morning at a small function in which the players were thanked for their exceptionally tough and long season.

Schoeman told Courant that the Cheetahs are like a family to him.

“I’ve certainly made some good memories at the Cheetahs, and the friends I’ve made are awesome.

“I also take my hat off to some of the coaches for making my time at the team very special.”

With some many players having come through the ranks at the Cheetahs having moved on it is not unusual to see Cheetahs playing against each other week-in, week-out.

Schoeman added it will always be nice to see someone who is part of the unique brotherhood wherever one plays.

“Most of us are going, so it will always be nice to see another Cheetahs face wherever you go.”

Having represented the Cheetahs in more than 50 games in the Currie Cup, Super Rugby and Pro14, there were a lot of highlights for Schoeman at the team but a few do stand out.

“There are a few actually. One is my Pro14 debut when I ran out at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast to have Ulster as the part of the first Cheetahs side to play in the Northern Hemisphere.

“The feeling was something different, it was something new, it was something exciting.

“The other highlight was all the scrum penalties we won.”

On Monday night OFM Sport broke the news that the lock, Rynier Bernardo, will be heading to the Japanese Top League side, Canon Eagles.

The other Cheetahs who have already confirmed their departure are Francois Venter to the Worcester Warriors, Torsten van Jaarsveld to Bayonne. Uzair Cassiem and Clayton Blommetjies to Scarlets and Tom Botha to the Opsreys Reniel Hugo, Carl Wegner and Clinton Swart to Toyota Verblitz. Fred Zeilinga and Rynier Bernardo who are heading the Canon Eagles, Niel Marias is going to Yamaha Jubilo, and Henco Venter will join Toshiba Brave Lupus.

Johan Goosen who made his return to rugby also greets the team to going Montpellier in France.

The coach, Rory Duncan, is also leaving to the team to take up the had coaching role at the Worcester Warriors. At this stage only Swart and Venter will be returning to the Cheetahs. – MORGAN PIEK