Edinburgh sign South African prop Boan Venter with immediate effect

Richard Cockerill says 23-year-old will provide depth and continuity at loose-head prop

Boan Venter has signed for Edinburgh with immediate effect.
Boan Venter has signed for Edinburgh with immediate effect.

EDINBURGH have confirmed the signing of Cheetahs loose-head prop, Boan Venter, with immediate effect. The 23-year-old was linked with the club back in December and is understood to have joined on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The former South Africa Schools’ cap, who was named in the 2017 Junior Springboks training squad ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia played in all 13 of the Cheetahs’ PRO14 matches during the Covid-curtailed 2019-20 campaign.

“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,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. “Our scrum has developed into a real weapon for us and we’re keen to continue its improvement.

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“In the past few of seasons we’ve seen our leading looseheads, Rory [Sutherland] and Pierre [Schoeman], attract widespread – and justified – praise. In the case of Rory – and potentially Pierre in time – that has also meant international selection for Scotland.

“It’s therefore important to bring in someone who’ll provide season-long competition and availability for us, while also maintaining a testing environment for good young props like Dan Gamble [19] and Sam Grahamslaw [21] to come up against and develop alongside.

“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.”

Venter arrived in Edinburgh last Friday (5th 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, meaning he won’t be involved in this Friday’s away match agains the Dragons.

“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,” said Venter.

“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-tow 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.”

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  1. No huge problem with this. Obviously I’d prefer to see an Academy player get this position but, to be fair, we do have quite a good track record in identifying SA props (Matthew Proudfoot apart!)

    I suppose this highlights Cockers dilemma. He gets contracts on the back of good results so it’s almost understandable for him to take the easier option of getting a decent player as opposed to trying to develop one who may or may not make it

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