Experienced Springbok tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has boosted the Stormers by signing a contract extension with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR).
Malherbe made his Stormers debut 10 years ago and currently has the third-most caps for the team with 109 to his name, just 15 behind the most-capped Stormer and former Springbok flank Schalk Burger.
The World Cup-winning Springbok prop was schooled at Paarl Boys’ High and represented Western Province through age-group level before making his Stormers debut at the age of 20 in 2011.
Renowned for his powerful scrummaging and high work rate in the tight loose, Malherbe is a tactically astute player who adds considerable value off the field.
Stormers head coach John Dobson said that keeping a player of Malherbe’s experience and insight will ensure that the team is building off a rock-solid foundation going forward.
‘Frans has been central to the scrum culture that has been developed here over the last decade and will provide immense value to the development of the talented young props we have here.
‘His contribution to the Stormers and the Springboks over the years has perhaps not been fully appreciated, but we understand just how fortunate we are to be able to draw on his skill and experience.’
Malherbe’s extension follows shortly after up-and-coming props Leon Lyons, Sazi Sandi and Neethling Fouche all committed their futures to the Stormers.
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