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Munster in Stormers coup

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:11
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Stormers wing Gerhard van den Heever has committed his future to Munster for the next two years.

He will join the Irish province in November, after his Currie Cup duties have been completed with Western Province in Cape Town.

For the last two seasons the 24-year-old has played Super Rugby with the Stormers (26 appearances), and in 2012 he claimed a Currie Cup title with WP.

He has a total of 57 Super Rugby caps to his name, having previously played with the Bulls from 2009 to 2011, in which time he enjoyed both Super Rugby and Currie Cup success.

Munster coach Rob Penney was delighted with his province's latest 'coup'.

"Gerhard is a young guy that is capable of playing in multiple positions," Penney said.

"He has committed to Munster for two years, so he has an opportunity to build in becoming a Munster man just like BJ Botha and CJ Stander before him.

"He is a wing, centre and fullback with a lovely kick and is exceptionally fast so he should be a great addition to the squad.

"We are very happy to have him coming to us and I know they are disappointed to see him go from the Stormers."

Van den Heever said he was "looking forward" to joining Munster.

"I am humbled by the trust shown in my character and ability to be granted the honour of becoming part of the Munster way of life," the flyer said.

"I will work diligently to justify the faith put in me and I will do my utmost to make a purposeful impact at the club every day. For now I will focus on playing my part to assist Western Province in defending the Currie Cup title."

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