Experienced Bok Potgieter on Hawies' radar
NEGOTIATIONS: Veteran Springbok flank Jacques Potgieter could well make a return to the first-class game with the Cheetahs.
The hard, aggressive forward last played professional rugby just before his return from Toulon two years ago. He played some club rugby at the Blue Bulls but is now preparing for a series of medical, fitness and strength tests at the Cheetahs, according to Netwerk24.
Depending on the medical results and how the 34-year-old performs in the physical testing, Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie may well sit down with the strong ball-carrier to discuss a possible future at the Free State franchise.
The experienced Potgieter could be the sort of player Fourie is looking for to supplement his player depth.
The Cheetahs lost some of their best talent in recent months following the franchise’s cut from the Pro14 competition.
In addition to three tests for the Springboks, Potgieter also played Super Rugby for the Southern Kings, the Bulls and the Waratahs; notched up 47 caps for the Japanese Munakata Sanix Blues; and also boasts 45 Currie Cup caps with the Blue Bulls, Eastern Province and the Sharks.