George Germishuys
1 minute read
11 Nov 2014
11:10 am

Bothma joins Pumas exodus and signs for Sharks

George Germishuys

Star Pumas No 8 Renaldo Bothma is set to join the Sharks before the start of the Super Rugby season, a source close to the player confirmed.

FILE PICTURE: Renaldo Bothma of the Steval Pumas and Johan Meyer of the Cell C Sharks during the Absa Currie Cup match between Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks at Mbombela Stadium on August 29, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

There has long been speculation regarding Bothma’s future after a standout season with the Nelspruit-based side put him very much in the spotlight and on the radar of several bigger unions.

Bothma’s departure from the Pumas is set to be confirmed in a press release by the Sharks at noon today, but the source confirmed that the player is definitely packing his bags for Durban.

Bothma is expected to form part of an exciting loose forward trio at the Sharks that could also feature the likes of Springbok flankers Marcell Coetzee and Willem Alberts.

Bothma’s retreat is the latest crippling blow in an exodus that has also seen star prop forward Vincent Koch head to Western Province, following the union’s breakout season during this year’s Currie Cup. Other Puma players to seek greener pastures include centre JW Jonker (Cheetahs) and fullback Coenie van Wyk (Cheetahs).

The Pumas have, however, been trying to counteract the exodus as they have announced several new signings of their own.

They have already acquired the signatures of Griquas flanker Marnus Schoemann, Leopards fullback Hoffmann Maritz, Griquas hooker Simon Westraad, Lions lock Jannie Stander and Province flanker Shaun O’Brian.

They are apparently also in negotiations with Western Province hooker Neil Rautenbach and Blitzbokke flanker Shaun Adendorff.