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Cheetahs sweat on Ebersohn, Van Zyl


The Cheetahs could lose Robert Ebersohn and Piet van Zyl at the end of the season as they are yet to sign contract extensions, reports GARETH DUNCAN.

The Cheetahs, who have qualified for the Super Rugby play-offs for the first time, have committed a number of their key players to new deals, including the likes of Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Willie le Roux and Lappies Labuschagne.

However, Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster said they were concerned about Ebersohn and Van Zyl (pictured), who become free agents at the end of the season.

'We have offered both players contract extensions, but they haven't signed anything at this stage,' Verster told SARugbymag.co.za. 'We are hoping to keep both players at the Cheetahs next season as they have done very well for us.

'I believe Robert has interest from overseas, while there are local teams chasing Piet's signature.'

Ebersohn was linked to French club Montpellier in April, but that deal fell through after the centre received a Springbok call-up. However, the fact that he hasn't made his Test debut yet could influence the 24-year-old to continue his career abroad. 

With Jano Vermaak heading to Toulouse after Super Rugby, the Bulls are believed to be after Van Zyl. The Stormers are also linked with the Springbok scrumhalf.

Verster also confirmed that Heinrich Brüssow will head to Japan after Super Rugby. The openside flanker, who has been snubbed by Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer, will return to Bloemfontein for the 2014 tournament.

'We will blood young loose forwards during the Currie Cup and will welcome Heinrich back next season,' said Verster.

Photo: Johan Pretorius/Getty Images

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