LOOSE-HEAD prop Boan Venter has signed a contract extension with Edinburgh which will keep him at the club until at least June 2026, by which time the South African 26-year-old will be qualified through residency to play for Scotland.
The 6ft 2in, 124kg former Junior Springbok has made 52 appearances for the capital club so far since undertaking the move north from the Cheetahs in February 2021.
“I’ve really settled into the city with my wife and we’re enjoying life here. I’m looking forward to the next two years with this great squad and club,” said Venter.
“We’ve really hit the ground running this season which has been brilliant to be part of – it’s now about keeping that momentum going into Europe and then the 1872 Cup derbies.
“Working with Sean Everitt [who took over as ‘senior’ coach at the club in the summer] has also been great and I feel like he’s slotted in seamlessly. We’re growing as a team every week and I think that has shown in our performances.
“We’re in a great position at the moment with the squad and staff at the club. We’re set up for a really strong second-half of the year and I can’t wait to be part of that.”
Asked about possible involvement with Scotland in a couple of years’ time, Venter insisted that he will have to keep working hard at the day job in order to ensure he is good enough to represent the national team, but admitted it had always been his dream to play at the highest level of the game.
“I’m definitely looking forward to that,” he said. “I won’t lie. From being a young boy, it’s been my dream to play international rugby and maybe go to a World Cup.
“But for now my focus will just be to improve every week on my own game and then let the future sort itself out. I don’t like to look too far ahead – I like to focus on the here and now.
“For me, if you look too far forward, you stub your toe where you’re at. The dream is there, but I’d like to improve week in, week out and then let the future sort itself out.”
Everitt said: “Boan has all the attributes to reach the very top in professional rugby. He is getting better week in, week out.
“He is a good ball-carrier as well. He has good ball skills, so he can be an all-round player and certainly one who can succeed a guy like Pierre Schoeman, who has done so well for Scotland. We’re delighted to see him extend terms with the club.
“He’s a quality operator who continues to go from strength from strength with every game played. Boan is still only 26 but has over 50 appearances for the club already. He has a brilliant opportunity to develop further alongside our excellent group of props
“I’m certain our supporters will be excited to see him continue in Edinburgh colours for the next two years.”