The Toyota Cheetahs are putting the final work in for the start of their second season in the PRO14.
They made it to the playoffs last season and will want to make sure that their goal is the same as they start the new season this month.
There has been a few movement at the Cheetahs with players leaving at the end of last season but they have also got some new blood at the franchise.
One of these players to join the Cheetahs is USA Eagles scrumhalf Ruben de Haas and he is excited to join the Cheetahs to develop his game.
De Haas was born in George with his family immigrating to Arkansas in 2009.
De Haas represented the USA at U19 and U20 level. He joined the Cheetahs Academy in 2017 on a three year deal also playing for CUT in the Varsity Cup.
He also played for the Free State in the Super Sport Challenge and are now looking forward for the step-up to PRO14.
He was included in the Cheetahs senior squad and will be playing in the Currie Cup for the franchise as well as PRO14
‘Talking about the abundance of nines, yes, there are a lot of scrumhalves, but for me, the biggest thing is to be around those guys like Rudy, Tian and Shaun,’ De Haas told OFM.
‘As a young player learning from those guys every day, taking their tips and just being around them in a high-rugby environment will be my goal for the next two years, to learn what I can every day from the senior guys in order for me to be the best that I can be.’
The Free State kick their Currie cup off against the Blue Bulls on the 17 August and the Cheetahs will start their PRO14 campaign against Munster.
The Cheetahs kick off their Currie Cup campaign against the Blue Bulls on 17 August, followed by an away clash against Western Province. Their third Currie Cup game, against the Sharks on 1 September, coincides with their Pro14 opening against Munster.
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