Super Rugby

EW Viljoen signs for Lions as backline stock bulges

EW Viljoen. (Getty Images)
EW Viljoen. (Getty Images)
  • EW Viljoen, a former Stormers midfielder, is the Lions' latest backline acquisition. He joins from Leicester in England.
  • The 25-year-old's signing means the franchise's centre cupboard is now bulging, but he can play in various other positions too.
  • Injuries have hampered Viljoen previously, but the Lions' renowned fitness regime could see him reach his potential.

The Lions' backline stock has been bolstered further by the recruitment of EW Viljoen.

One of the victims of Covid-19 contract cuts in the English Premiership, the 25-year-old former Stormers midfielder has been looking for a new home, with Jake White known to have been keen on bringing him to the Bulls.

Yet it's the men from Ellis Park who have managed to secure his signature on the dotted line.

Viljoen, a star at age-group level, notably as a Junior Springbok, joins Bulls captain Burger Odendaal in what is now a bulging cupboard of centres.

That group includes Mannie Rass, Dan Kriel, Wandi Simelane and Duncan Matthews.

However, the strapping 1.92m, 92kg playmaker is a versatile player and could be employed as a fullback or wing too. 

Viljoen's career has been hampered by injuries, leading to him only making 28 appearances in three years for the Stormers in Super Rugby.

But the Lions' reputation as one of the franchise's with the best fitness regimes in the country could see him reach his potential.

- Compiled by Sport24 Staff

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