Scottish side Edinburgh Rugby have announced the acquisition of promising Cheetahs loosehead prop Boan Venter.
Venter’s departure is a massive blow for both the Cheetahs and potentially the Springboks as he’s shown tremendous promise in his short career to date.
He’s without question a player the Scottish national side will have ear-marked for higher honours.
To avoid losing him forever, SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus may need to move quickly to arrange a Test – and Test – and cap Venter.
Boan Venter arrived in Edinburgh on Friday, 5 February and will isolate with his family for 10 days.
He will join the rugby programme and meet the squad once his Covid-19 requirements are complete.
Hailing from Kimberley, Boan Venter, now 23, played Craven Week for Griquas in 2015 before joining the Cheetahs a year later playing at U19 and U21 levels for the Cheetahs as well as in the Varsity Cup for Shimlas.
In 2018, he made his senior debut for the Cheetahs in the Provincial Rugby Challenge and a year later he made his breakthrough in the 2019/20 PRO14 season, featuring in all 13 of the Cheetahs’ matches before Covid-19 curtailed the season.
Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill said: “We’re delighted to add Boan to a strong stable of props at the club, creating real depth in an important area of the squad. Our scrum has developed into a real weapon for us and we’re keen to continue its improvement.
“Boan is a great fit for our group and we’re looking forward to getting him started once he’s satisfied all the necessary travel and isolation requirements.”
Boan Venter said: “I’m really excited. This is like a dream come true to move to a club like Edinburgh. I feel this is a great opportunity to express my God-given talents and to play for a club I have long admired.”
“I know that Edinburgh has a really professional set-up as well as great coaching, a great brand of rugby and has some really proud and passionate supporters. It always seemed like there was a great vibe there.
“From a front-row perspective, it makes me really excited knowing I’m joining a dominant scrummaging pack. It’s an aspect of the game I love, and feel is one of my strengths.
“I’m really looking forward to learning, growing and contributing to the best of my ability and will strive to offer the club dominance and stability in set piece and some excitement with ball in hand and on defence. And with all this, bringing glory to Him that granted me this opportunity.“