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Cheetahs signing talented youngsters

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With the restart of the Guinness PRO14 not far off the Cheetahs have been busy getting players on contract with the franchise.

They have not just been looking at experience players but also looked at young players to develop at the Cheetahs.

One such player is Grey College scrumhalf, Juan-Dee Oliver. Oliver is still in matric but has signed with the Cheetahs for two years.

He is a talented sportsman playing rugby and cricket for his school. The Cheetahs also recently signed George Cronjé (Clermont), Marcell Muller and Lesley Botha (both from Montpellier). All three of them played with Oliver for the Grey 1st XV last year, while Cronjé and Botha, played in the 2019 Craven Week with him.

Oliver is also a good kicker off the ball and also take some of his school side goal kicking duties.

The 18-year-old told OFM Sport that he looks forward to playing with his former teammates again, and also to learn from the World Cup-winning Springbok, Ruan Pienaar.

“I can’t wait to start playing with George, Les and them and starting making some new memories again.

“Ruan is an inspirational player and with all of his experience, I cannot wait to learn and listen to what he has to say. I can’t want to see how does things and in which way he practices.”

“It was a tough one because cricket has been amazing to me, and rugby as well. Luckily I had my coach, Ryan McLaren, to speak to every day, and he told me that the one I enjoy the most would just come to me. In the end, it was rugby that came my way and I can’t wait to start my career at the Free State.”

“My goals are to train as hard as I can and to be the best in my position through hard work. Staying humble is also right up there and hopefully, I will reach the top one day.”

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