Super Rugby

Cheetahs prop set for UK move

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Luan de Bruin
Luan de Bruin

Cheetahs tighthead prop Luan de Bruin is set to leave the Bloemfontein franchise after signing deals in the United Kingdom.

According to OFM Sport, De Bruin will be released from his contract at the end of the month to join the Leicester Tigers and Edinburgh.

The 27-year-old will join the Tigers in the English Premiership on a seven-month contract, before linking up with Scottish club Edinburgh on a three-year deal.

Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie said it's a big blow to lose De Bruin's services.

"He started coming into his own, and he started owning the starting position with Aranos (Coetzee) being injured.

"It will be a big setback for us, but luckily we've Khutha (Mchunu) on loan from the Sharks for a whole season and he will be with us until October next year.

"Then we've got a short-term contract with the experienced Hencus van Wyk. He has played for the Sunwolves, Lions and the Bulls in the Super Rugby, so we've got quality backup."

Schooled at Affies in Pretoria, De Bruin spent his entire professional career in Bloemfontein, where he represented the University of the Free State's Shimlas in the Varsity Cup, and the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, the PRO14 and the Currie Cup.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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