Carstens may head to the Stormers

2011-11-10 00:00

THE Sharks, with a cupboard well-stocked with props, are not pursuing their former loosehead Deon Carstens (31) and the Springbok is apparently on his way to Cape Town.

Carstens, who was with the Sharks for a decade (from 2001 to 2010), is currently playing for top English club Saracens, but reportedly wants to return to SA.

A Sharks official told The Witness this week that John Plumtree’s squad has depth and quality at prop where Springboks Jannie du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira are backed by Eugene van Staden, Wiehahn Herbst, Dale Chadwick and a number of emerging young front-rowers.

Carstens’ age and ongoing injury problems also count against the Sharks contracting him again. Western Province and the Stormers, in contrast, are looking for an experienced prop now that CJ van der Linde has left Cape Town and joined the Golden Lions.

WP’s director of coaching Rassie Erasmus told News24 earlier this week that he was satisfied with their reserves at prop, especially youngsters like Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, but he did not exclude the possibility of adding another front ranker to the squad ahead of the Super Rugby competition.

A WP announcement concerning Carstens, who played in nine Tests for the Springboks, is expected shortly. He would provide options to regulars Brok Harris and Wicus Blaauw while helping in the development of the young props in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, Ulster are still waiting on the arrival of Sharks veteran Stefan Terblanche who has had problems with his UK work visa. He has signed a three-month contract with Ulster but his UK work visa is still pending final approval.

He is waiting clearance to get on a flight from South Africa once his visa be approved and he could miss Ulster’s Heineken Cup opener against Clermont Auvergne on Saturday at Ravenhill. Former Sharks lock Johann Muller, nursing an arm injury, could also miss Ulster’s game this weekend.

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