Springbok flyer JJ Engelbrecht will return to Cape Town next season after wrapping up a stint in the Japanese Top League.
Engelbrecht, 28, appeared in 12 Tests for South Africa under Heyneke Meyer between 2012 and 2013. He made his professional debut for Western Province in 2008 and got his first taste of Super Rugby with the Bulls in 2012, moonlighting for Toyota Industries Shuttles during Super Rugby’s offseason before joining Ospreys in January last year.
“JJ Engelbrecht will make his return to Cape Town for the Super Rugby campaign once he has concluded his commitments with Japanese side Toyota Industries Shuttles,” a Stormers press release said on Monday.
Engelbrecht and Raymond Rhule mark the Stormers’ two Bok signings for 2018 while Cheetahs dynamo Sergeal Petersen will help to negate the loss of Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse), Bjorn Basson (Oyonnax) and Leolin Zas (Sharks) from the back-three ranks.
After a short break, post the Currie Cup, an extended Stormers squad is in training for next season and coach Robbie Fleck is eager to build on what was achieved last season, which came off the back of a lot of hard work in the pre-season.
“Last season we changed our approach in the pre-season, which stood us in good stead throughout the campaign,” he said. “The focus is on making sure that we put the hard work in now, both physically and mentally, in order to prepare the team for what lies ahead next year.”