Talking a lot about the Springboks not having a out-and-out fetcher in their team at the moment it is very good news to see that CJ Velleman will be making his return to the field this weekend for the Kings of the bench when they face Glasgow.

Velleman, who was once highly rated as a loose-forward, has been out of rugby for two years following two serious knee injuries and at the age of 23 will be eager to make up for ground that has been lost.

He was part of a dynamic loose-forward combination that also included Chris Cloete a few years back.

But while Cloete kicked on and starred for the Kings in their impressive finish to the 2017 Super Rugby campaign and subsequently got lured overseas, Velleman, who was seen as the equal to Cloete back then, has seen his progress halted by his unfortunate run of injuries.

We will follow the progress closely to see if Velleman can regain that good form he showed two years ago


  1. Thanks Bunny – I was looking for this guy. Cloete was good, but had a few “management issues” (much like Rory Kockott & Frans Steyn). Also good to see Coenie back on the bench for Sharks – he was finally proving his worth when he got an unfortunate injury. All the best for their comebacks!

  2. @cab:

    No they’re not… the coach is simply not selecting one because he backed himself into a corner with his captain.

    Smit, Van Staden and both Kriel and Coetzee coming back from injury. Velleman like Cloete is a light-weight even by open-sider standards…

  3. Kolisi, PSDT and Whiteley firm a helluva loosetrio and will take a brave nice to change it after Last match.

    Van Staden is the only openside in squad (Flo is a hybrid), but if you talking turnovers, velleman before injury was suprene ruler of the super rugby turnover stats even over the likes of pocock and cane. Brussow Mark II maybe. One to keep an eye on to see how he does.

  4. @cab:

    You seriously are the biggest kuk talker I have ever come across. If you’re taking the piss, then fair enough I am indeed having a laugh (at you)… but if you actually believe the swill you post mate… well I’m also laughing at you…

    ”velleman before injury was suprene ruler of the super rugby turnover stats even over the likes of pocock and cane.”

    Yeah because he played 10 games in 2 seasons starting half of them lol…

    Oh Cabbo…

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