Hawies lures another Maties star to Bloem
TRANSFER NEWS: The Cheetahs have obtained the services of another Western Province and Maties backline superstar.
The Pro14 side, a day after signing Duncan Saal, have locked in Craig Barry, who has committed to the side for three years.
Barry is best known for his attacking play and is no stranger to the Cheetahs, as he has previously represented the team in nine PRO14 matches, while on a loan-deal from Western Province.
Barry’s performance for the Cheetahs caught the attention of the then Stormers coach, Robbie Fleck, who recalled him to the Cape. During his brief stint at the Cheetahs during the 2017/18 season, he scored four stunning tries for the team.
Upon his return to Cape Town, he went on to represented the Stormers in 10 Super Rugby matches, and also captained Western Province in the 2019 SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
Barry rose to prominence while playing for the University of Stellenbosch Maties in the Varsity Cup. He is a member of the elite Maties hat-trick club after going over for three tries against the Central University of Technology Ixias in Bloemfontein in 2017.
The utility back’s move to Bloemfontein means that he will be reunited with former Maties coach Hawies Fourie, who will take over the role as head coach at Cheetahs next season
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Free State Rugby is excited to announce that Craig Barry has committed for three years to the Toyota Cheetahs.
Barry in an exciting outside back who is equally comfortable on the wing or at fullback.
— Toyota Cheetahs (@CheetahsRugby) July 25, 2019