Sharks flyhalf signs loan deal with Israeli club

Jordan Chait. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Jordan Chait. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Israeli club Tel Aviv Heat have announced the signing of Sharks flyhalf Jordan Chait on a short-term deal until 20 December.

Chait has been contracted to the Sharks since 2019 after starring for Maties in the Varsity Cup.

He was nominated as one of the three "Backs that Rock" and scored 125 points which included six tries. It made him the second highest points scorer ever behind Demetri Catrakilis, who will be one of his assistant coaches at Tel Aviv Heat.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Jordan to get much needed game time in Europe and this experience will certainly benefit him in the future," Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee said in a statement.

Chait captained the SACS 1st XV in 2015, the oldest school in South Africa, and went on to attend the prestigious WP Rugby Institute in Stellenbosch in 2016. He represented WP at U18, U19 and U21 level and won the Varsity Cup with Stellenbosch in 2018 and 2019.

Kevin Musikanth, a former UCT coach who is the director of rugby at Tel Aviv Heat, added: "We are very grateful to the Sharks for being willing to loan Jordan to us. Jordan is an exceptional player and I look forward to coaching him once again. He is sure to lead from the front as our pivot and we are all very excited that we were able to work together with the Sharks and I look forward to Jordan lighting up the Super Cup."

Meanwhile, in recent weeks the Tel Aviv Heat have signed a number of South African players, including Sebastiaan Jobb, Jared Sichel, Thembinkosi Mangwana, Cal Smid and Xolisa Guma.

Tel Aviv will be competing in the Rugby Europe Super Cup.

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