• Speedster Specman to become a Cheetah

    Dynamic wing Rosko Specman has accepted an offer to join the Cheetahs from the Vodacom Bulls, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

    Specman has been at the Bulls for the last couple of seasons, particularly making an impression on his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Pretoria-based side when he scored a stunning double against the Stormers last year.

    As mentioned in Sunday newspaper Rapport, and independently confirmed by SARugbymag.co.za, Specman is now set to make the move back to the Cheetahs, where he plied his trade for a brief period in 2017.

    With new director of rugby Jake White rebuilding at the Bulls, and recently having confirmed the signing of former Springbok wing Travis Ismaiel, it’s evident the former Bok coach has a clear vision of the playing personnel he wants at his disposal.

    At the Cheetahs, there has also been a number of squad changes taking place, with coach Hawies Fourie recently telling SARugbymag.co.za that he was pleased to have managed to maintain the quality of their squad after a number of high-profile exits.

    READ: ‘I tried to limit the damage on Cheetahs squad’

    Two-time World Cup-winner Frans Steyn has returned to Bloemfontein from Montpellier, while the Cheetahs have also brought experienced centre Howard Mnisi back from the Kings to further strengthen their midfield.

    Jeandre Rudolph, Ian Groenewald and Namibia hooker Louis van der Westhuizen have arrived to boost the pack, while there has been a noticeable investment in youth as well, as former Grey College players George Cronje, Lesley Botha and Marcell Muller have moved back to Bloem from French Top 14 sides.

    It’s expected that Specman will now add some experience to the Cheetahs’ backline stocks, although there is still some clarity needed from the Blitzboks’ setup.

    One would imagine that there is a good chance Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell could consider including Specman in his plans as they prepare for next year’s postponed Olympics campaign.

    READ: Powell has to start from scratch

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