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‘Shadow’ signs with WP


Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls utility player Gerhard van den Heever has transferred to Western Province and the Stormers.

The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd and WP rugby today announced that the 22 year old player, who excels as wing and full back, has signed with Province for 2 years.

Van den Heever was contracted to the Vodacom Bulls till 31 October 2013, but after successful negotiations between the two provinces, has been transferred to Western Province and will join them from November 1st, 2011.

Van den Heever, who was born in Bloemfontein and schooled in Pretoria, made his provincial and Super Rugby debuts in 2009. He has 41 provincial caps (20 tries) and 31  Super Rugby caps (12 tries).

The BBC’s Head: Rugby, Heyneke Meyer commented on the move by saying: “I am happy that there is an opportunity for Gerhard in a very good environment.  It is a coincidence that he will now play for the team that he made his debut against in 2009. We wish him good luck with his career and we truly hope that he will achieve his goals.”

Commenting on the signing WP Senior Professional Coach Rassie Erasmus said, ““We are happy that after we were able to conclude a similar transfer deal with the BBC for the in contract  Lionel Cronje earlier this season, that we were able to successfully conclude this negotiation.

We believe Van den Heever to be a quality player with the right attributes to fit into our set-up and vision for the immediate future. Despite his young age he brings solid experience at Super Rugby level. We have a settled base of senior players and a number of emerging young stars and we believe he has the potential to make a valuable contribution at a number of levels.”

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  1. Nie te vrot nie, oom Boer sal dit laaik. Hoop net hy kry genoeg speelkans en hulle neuk hom nie rond nie.

    Tog nog jammer dat Sadie verlore is!!

  2. Can’t see the lad getting much opportunity
    to show his worth – not with the forwards
    that are supposed to provide those chances.

    On another note:
    Got a call this morning from one of the old
    stalwarts of RR.
    “Just a formal goodbye. I’m finished with
    rugby, since it has become organised crime.”
    He is referring to the way referees are
    handling matches, and I don’t think he is
    referring only to WC matches.

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 11:07 am: It is a real problem(refs) and if they do not fix it it will hurt the game.

    They way the WC is structure as well…..

    I would think that WC pools should be choosen a month before tournament….

    Either let the ranking setup the pools:

    1. 1-4 first teams in pools and 5-8 second teams in pool and so on and so on.

    I like the way Poofball does it were there can not be more than say more than one african team in one pool and no more say 2 |Europeen teams in pools. That will force them to mix up pools so that not two Island teams are in one group.

    Their is also the idee of two Pools also setup on ranking:

    Each team play each other means you play 9 games and then the top 4 of each group go for quarter finals and then semi’s and final….with this they will make more money as well :soek:

    What ever they do they need to change this

  4. Methinks that if Shadow had been playing for the Stormers in 2010 when he was S15 leading try scorer he would have waltzed into a Bok team without even breathing hard… the Cape media would have done everything for him…

    But as with all Northerners who think they can do something nice down there…


    1. Shadow welcomed as “next big thing”
    2. Shadow should be a Bok
    3. Shadow is the greatest Bok

    Start playing

    4. Shadow yet to rediscover the form he had at Bulls
    5. Shadow struggling to adapt
    6. Typical WPRU officals to buy such a complete piece of solid blue kak in rugby boots to sully our name and hold local talent out and we should just send him to England and Japan and save our cash… the sooner the better…

  5. Wat van daardie Siya Kholisi dude?

    Het julle nie of ander Afrikaan gehad wat vir julle op stut gespeel het die jaar nie?

    Was hy goed of nie?

  6. Shadow is a good signing… clearly cheaper than JJ as they would not have let him go and every bit as good with game-time, not too mention is a far better attacking option from 15 than Jantjes who cannot have too much time left in him…

    S15 is all about depth, so considering their losses of Sadie, JJ, White-head… good purchase…

    Shadow might just get back to his best with his original mentor still there…

    Punters seem to forget there are player budgets and WP ain’t the most flush brand around… not Rassie’s (or AC’s) fault that part despite them making two consecutive play-offs when no other RSA team could…

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