Swiel to Harlequins

2014-10-30 00:00

IN a bid to get some game time and hone his game before the 2015 Super Rugby season, young Sharks flyhalf/fullback Tim Swiel has gone to England.

Swiel joined the Sharks after being a standout performer in the Western Province age group sides and featuring in the WP side in the 2013 Currie Cup, but his season was marred by injuries.

He joined Harlequins Rugby Club in the United Kingdom on a four-month loan on Saturday and will return to the Sharks at the end of February next year.

Swiel only played three games in the Currie Cup, twice off the bench and once starting at fullback. At Harlequins he fills the void left by the injured Ben Botica, who was ruled out for a few months with a shoulder injury.

Considering his lack of game time, Swiel is looking forward to finally playing some rugby.

“Due to injury, I did not get a lot of game time during this year’s Currie Cup, and both my coaches at the Sharks and I agree that regular game-time during this off season will enhance my preparation and will provide the necessary momentum needed for Super Rugby.”

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea welcomed Swiel to the fold and is looking forward to seeing the exciting youngster in action. “Tim is a player with real X-factor who, we are sure, will fit within how we play and we look forward to welcoming him,” O’Shea said.

“While we are very disappointed to lose Ben Botica to injury, I am delighted to be able to bring in someone of Tim’s ability from The Sharks at such short notice,” he said.

Sharks CEO John Smit was happy for Swiel to get a taste of rugby in the northern hemisphere. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Tim, and I am certain that this experience at a top club will provide him with great memories and will bode well for him in the future”, Smit said.

Swiel will spend four months in England. “I believe that it can only be beneficial for other young players to get similar opportunities to experience another rugby culture during their off season, which will contribute positively to their growth and experience in the game.

“I thank the Sharks and Harlequins for granting me this exciting opportunity,” he said.

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