CONFIRMED: Stormers' Bok off to France
NEWS: One of the Stormers’ Springboks played his final game for the franchise.
Stormers head coach John Dobson confirmed Dillyn Leyds’ move to France on Tuesday.
It was reported earlier this year that Leyds signed a contract with French club La Rochelle.
“There are players meant to be leaving after Super Rugby, which would have been June 30 and I am sure those guys are still going,” Dobson told reporters via video conference.
“We will be without Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw and Jamie [Roberts] who is already gone, so those players won’t be available for whatever [domestic] competition there will be from July 1.”
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Dobson hoped that there could have been a special send-off for Leyds and Louw. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has scuppered any chances of a farewell at Newlands.
“Both him and Wilco Louw are Springboks, and both have been good servants to us. Dillyn especially.
“He [Leyds] has probably been in the system for about 10 years, so the fact that they could have played their last game for the Stormers is very sad.
“I wouldn’t mind if they did stay a bit longer so they could play a game and we could say goodbye to them,” Dobson added.