The Cheetahs have confirmed the acquisition of one of their former homegrown players.
According to OFM Sport, centre Robert Ebersohn will return to his old stomping ground in Bloemfontein – where he was schooled, played all his junior rugby and a vast majority of his senior career – on a two-year contract which will run until July 2023.
The 32-year-old was an integral part of the Cheetahs senior squad between 2008 to 2013 before he moved to France where he spent eight seasons playing for Montpellier and Castres from 2013 to 2021.
‘We have signed Robert Ebersohn, he is sort of in the squad to replace William Small-Smith, who had to retire due to a concussion,’ Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie told OFM.
‘We are glad to be able to sign a quality player like Robert.
‘He is still 32 years old, in good shape and playing really well in France, so we look forward to getting him back.’
Captain Ruan Pienaar says Ebersohn is a perfect addition to the Cheetahs squad.
‘Robert is truly one of the Free State legends who has had a wonderful career here at the Cheetahs.
‘I know coach Hawies has spoken to him and he had only had good things to say.
‘He is a hard-working player and a leader. It’s something that I think we really need in that position along with a guy like Frans Steyn, if he is available for us.
‘It’s also great to see former players return and being prepared to plough back into the union.
‘We are really looking forward to his return.’
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