Munster welcome new South African winger

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster welcome new South African winger
MUNSTER’S new South African winger Gerhard van den Heever is looking forward to his first training session with the squad next week, after touching down in Ireland this Tuesday.

MUNSTER’S new South African winger Gerhard van den Heever is looking forward to his first training session with the squad next week, after touching down in Ireland this Tuesday.

The exciting Van den Heever has joined Munster on a two-year contract. The South African signed for Munster in July but stayed with Western Province as they unsuccessfully attempted to defend the Currie Cup, when beaten 33-19 by the Sharks in the final 10 days ago.

The winger will begin training with the Munster squad on Tuesday when they resume after a week-long break. Twenty four-year-old van den Heever is looking forward to getting started.

“For the last month I have been really excited to get here,” the winger enthused.

“It’s a great new experience for me to join Munster and be part of their pride, tradition and honour. I’m hoping to start training on Tuesday and settle into the team, I just want to get stuck into it and be part of the success that they have here at Munster.”

Van den Heever made his Super Rugby debut with the Bulls at the age of just 20 and enjoyed a highly successful two years there, winning the Super Rugby competition in 2009. He made the move to the Stormers in 2011 and has played provincial rugby for the Blue Bulls and Western Province, winning the Currie Cup with both sides.

He will be helped to settle in Munster by fellow countrymen CJ Stander, who he played with at Blue Bulls, and prop BJ Botha. The versatile van den Heever can play on the wing, at full-back or in the centre.