Springbok flank Oupa Mohoje will captain the Cheetahs during the 2018-19 Pro14 season.
Mohoje takes over from Francois Venter, who has joined the Worcester Warriors.
Cheetahs coach Franco Smith said the 27-year old was the right person to take the team forward.
‘Oupa is a true Free Stater and the perfect example of a player who played his way through every rank. He earned a lot of respect by consistently working hard and is someone who doesn’t give up.
‘Oupa gained a lot of experience playing for the Springboks and learned from the best. He is the right guy to take us forward. He is someone who wants to go forward.’
Mohoje, who captained the team in their Pro14 derby against the Kings last year, expressed his delight at being given the role.
‘It’s a big honour and responsibility to captain the Cheetahs. I’m humbled to get the backing of the coaches and players to allow me to lead on and off the field.’
The Cheetahs kick off their campaign against Munster in Ireland on 1 September.
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