- The Cheetahs have announced the signing of lock Reniel Hugo.
- The 29-year-old is back at his former team after a stint in Japan where he played for Top League outfit Toyota Verblitz since 2018.
- He will join the Cheetahs on 1 July on a two-year deal.
The Cheetahs on Wednesday welcomed the return of lock Reniel Hugo.
The 29-year-old is back in Bloemfontein after a stint in Japan where he played for Top League outfit Toyota Verblitz since 2018.
Hugo won the Currie Cup with the Free State Cheetahs in 2016 and was one of the leading players during the team's inaugural PRO14 season in 2017/18.
Hugo represented Western Province at age-group level, and following school he played Varsity Cup for Maties and Tuks between 2010 and 2015. He also represented Western Province and the Blue Bulls at senior level.
Via a press statement released by the Cheetahs, Hugo said he was happy to return to Bloemfontein and looks forward to playing alongside old lock partner Carl Wegner again.
"I am really looking forward to coming back to the Cheetahs. I had some fond memories while I was there in Bloemfontein.
"I am excited to be joining up with the team again and playing in the PRO14.
"It's going to be nice to play with Carl. We formed a close bond over the years. When we were playing in Japan, we spoke about it being nice if we were able to play together again in South Africa, and now there is another chance for us.
"It is also going to be nice to work with Hawies Fourie (head coach), Corniel van Zyl (assistant coach) and the rest of the guys.
"I'm really looking forward to this new challenge and chapter in my life. I'm excited to get going and hopefully, we can get to playing rugby again, sooner rather than later."
Hugo will report for duty at the Cheetahs on 1 July on a two-year contract.