Stormers set record straight amid Kolbe's mega deal rumours
The Stormers have finally addressed the rumour mill surrounding the transfer deal with superstar Cheslin Kolbe.
Western Province Rugby released an official statement on Wednesday which reveals that the Cape Town franchise has made no formal offer to Cheslin Kolbe or his representatives to join the Stormers.
Recent media reports have suggested that Kolbe was made an offer to return to Cape Town, but a WP Rugby spokesperson explained that these engagements did not progress beyond initial exploratory conversations.
“There was an informal discussion around Cheslin’s availability and interest in joining our squad, but it is important to note that at no point was there a commitment to any figure or contractual details.
“Cheslin Kolbe is one of the premier rugby talents in the world and a proud product of our system, but there was never any formal offer made to him or his representatives.
“We are committed to building on the huge strides that our team has made over the last two seasons by continuing to develop the considerable talent we already have within our system and making strategic acquisitions where necessary,” said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Kolbe’s wife Layla Kolbe broke her silence regarding the ZAR15 Million offer from the Stormers on Tuesday.
Layla Kolbe took to social media and she was tired of having to sit back and watch her husband’s name get tarnished.
She revealed the reports that her husband rejected a ZAR15 million offer from the Stormers were not true.
“I am so sick and tired of having to read articles (about) us that are sensationalised and speculation!” Layla Kolbe wrote.
“And we have to just sit back and watch how our name gets tarnished! First, it was said it’s not safe in South Africa for us, now it’s this!!! Cheslin did not say it’s not safe enough in SA for us.
“He would’ve loved to go back to the Stormers!
“Secondly: he did not turn down an R15m offer!!!! That was not put on the table.
“Yes the wife spoke out,” she said.