Force sign ex-Bok fly-half

Date published: July 29 2015

The Western Force have announced the arrival of former Stormers and Springboks fly-half Peter Grant on the two-season deal.

30-year-old Grant played 104 Super Rugby matches for the Stormers over the course of nine seasons and currently sits seventh in the tournament’s all-time scorers list with 866 points.

Durban-born Grant, who has five Test caps for South Africa, most recently played a season with French club La Rochelle in the Top 14, having also played four seasons with Japanese Top League club, the Kobelco Steelers.

Head Coach Michael Foley said Grant’s signing is a significant one in the side’s preparation for success.

"Our priority was adding experience to complement the talented young players in our backline, and with the recruitment of Ben (Tapuai), Jono (Lance) and now Peter (Grant), we believe we’ve moved strongly in that direction," he said.

"Peter’s played a key position for 10 seasons of Super Rugby, as well as a number of seasons in Japan and France. When you combine that with his time spent with the Springboks, it equates to a player that not only has a wealth of experience in playing the game, but also has the ability to lead players around him.

"Most importantly he brings calmness in decision making, an eagerness to take the defence on when we attack and a consistency in goal kicking.

"One of Peter’s key tasks will be to mentor and develop our young fly-halves, as well as the other young players within our backline."

Grant, whose parents and two uncles live in Perth, says he’s excited about continuing his rugby with the Western Force.

"I'm very excited and looking forward to the move immensely," Grant told the Wester Force website

"I've obviously got a lot of family there with two of my uncles living in Perth, one of them for over 30 years, and my parents as well, so that's a big draw card, but I love the lifestyle of Australia, particularly in Perth.

With over a hundred Stormers caps to his name, Grant knows the role he needs to play in the team and is looking forward to being back in the Super Rugby competition.

"I feel like I have a lot to offer to the younger players, especially playing a mentoring role. Giving them a little bit of advice here and there, which is similar to what players did for me in my career.

"I’m really looking forward to being a part of building the Western Force, because I know there’s a lot of talent there and I really feel I can help Michael and the coaching staff develop that talent."