‘Simply sensational’ Springbok commits long-term future to Stormers after ‘transformed’ move

Jared Wright
Stormers number eight Evan Roos is bracing himself for a ‘physical’ encounter against the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship (URC) quarter-final against the Bulls

Stormers number eight Evan Roos is bracing himself for a ‘physical’ encounter against the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship (URC) quarter-final against the Bulls

Springboks forward Evan Roos has signed a long-term extension with the Stormers keeping him in Cape Town until at least 2027.

The explosive back-rower joined the Stormers from the Sharks in 2021 and has gone from strength-to-strength earning his Test debut for the Springboks in 2022 against Wales.

It’s yet another boost for John Dobson’s side following the contract extensions of Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Dan du Plessis and Ruben van Heerden.

Transformed move to Cape Town

Roos played a pivotal role in the Stormers’ URC title success in 2022, winning the Vodacom URC’s Players’ Player of the Season, the Next-Gen Player of the Season, and the Vodacom Fans’ Player of the Season awards.

“My rugby career has been transformed here at the DHL Stormers and playing for this team means a lot to me,” Roos said after confirming that a three-year extension was an easy one.

“We have still got so much that we can achieve together and I want to play a central role in the future success that is to come.”

Roos is back to playing some of his best rugby again this season after multiple injury setbacks last season. He has made the second-most carries in the URC this season with 88 and is also fourth on the list of turnovers won with 14.

He has also crossed for seven tries in 13 URC appearances this campaign.

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More to come

Dobson hailed Roos’ impact at the Stormers and adds that there are still more extensions to come.

“Evan has been simply sensational since joining us three years ago and at just 24, there is still plenty more to come from him in a DHL Stormers jersey,” Dobson added.

“He brings physicality, pace and most of all a fantastic attitude to everything he does and we look forward to watching him continue to grow in our system.

“These extensions and a few more that will be announced soon show that the key players in this squad are committed to our vision and have bought-in to build something special over the next few years, which is very exciting.”

The 24-year-old’s re-signing is another boost for the Stormers with Steven Kitshoff and JD Schicklering set to return to Cape Town next season.

However, it is reported that star back-rower Hacjivah Dayimani is set to join Top 14 club Racing 92 at the end of the season.

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