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Cheetahs set to lose 2 more players to European clubs

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Tian Schoeman. (Gallo Images)
Tian Schoeman. (Gallo Images)

The Cheetahs are set to lose two more players to overseas clubs.

According to Netwerk24, flyhalf Tian Schoeman and hooker Reinach Venter will further their careers in Europe next month.

Schoeman will be available for the Cheetahs until the end of December before he is expected to join Bath in England, while Venter will leave in mid-December with Clermont Auvergne in France his likely destination.

Players leaving for greener pastures can be attributed to the uncertainty regarding the Cheetahs' future, after SA Rugby's announcement that the Bloemfontein franchise would not form part of an expanded PRO16.

The Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers have confirmed their exit from Super Rugby and will represent South African in PRO Rugby from next year.

The Cheetahs and Southern Kings, who played in the PRO14 since 2017, were left out in the cold but the central franchise did state they would in the coming weeks make an announcement regarding their future in other competitions.

The Cheetahs recently lost a number of players - prop Luan de Bruin said the uncertainty regarding their future was the reason he joined the Leicester Tigers in England. He will join his former Cheetahs team-mate Jasper Wiese there this week.

The Cheetahs lost Wiese, lock Walt Steenkamp (Bulls) and centre Benhard Janse van Rensburg (NEC Green Rockets, Japan) at the end of October, while lock JP du Preez also recently joined Sale Sharks in England.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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