Springbok lock Marvin Orie has officially signed with Western Province Rugby and will join the Stormers training squad in their preparations for the 2021 season.
A product of Tygerberg High School, Orie represented Western Province throughout his school career, wearing the blue-and-white hoops at the U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week and U18 Craven Week.
Having moved north to start his professional rugby career after school, the 28-year-old now returns to the Cape a seasoned campaigner, with experience at the highest level, having earned three Test caps for the Springboks.
An astute lineout operator and renowned workhorse in the tight loose, Orie will add further firepower to the Stormers tight five going forward.
Stormers head coach John Dobson said that the addition of a player of Orie’s calibre is a welcome boost ahead of the 2021 campaign.
‘We are thrilled to add a lock of Marvin’s quality to our squad, he is an international who has always posed a major threat when we have come up against him, so he will add valuable depth to our second row,’ Dobson said.
‘Marvin is a product of our youth system and it is great to welcome him home as we embark on an exciting new chapter at Cape Town Stadium this season.’
Orie said he is looking forward to hitting the ground running with his new team.
‘I grew up a Stormers supporter and I am looking forward to growing further as a player in Cape Town surrounded by quality players and working with a top management team,’ Orie said.
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