Stormers: United Rugby Championship holders bolster squad as Clayton Blommetjies and Chris Hollis ink deals

Adam Kyriacou

The Stormers have announced a double signing as full-back Clayton Blommetjies and centre Chris Hollis join ahead of the United Rugby Championship season.

Blommetjies and Hollis will arrive at the Cape Town outfit for pre-season training as they look to prepare for the campaign which starts in September.

Blommetjies is vastly experienced and has impressed at the Cheetahs and Scarlets during an outstanding career to date, with this a superb move for him.

Will add to attacking game

When announcing the deals, Stormers head coach John Dobson stated that both players will provide important backline depth ahead of a demanding year.

“We have all seen what Clayton can do given some time and space on the ball and we are looking forward to seeing how he can add to our attacking game that we have developed,” he said.

“Chris is a physical player who has shown plenty of promise, so he will add a competitive edge for us in midfield.

“Both of these players will complement the talent we already have here and will provide important depth in a busy season.”

31-year-old Blommetjies said he can’t wait to link up with his new teammates and get stuck into preparations for the 2022/23 United Rugby Championship.

“Watching what the DHL Stormers achieved last season any player would want to be part of that and I feel that my talents can really add something extra within that system, so I can’t wait to get going,” he said.

Looking to grow as a player

Hollis meanwhile said he is focused on taking his game to the next level at the Stormers.

“The players and coaches within the DHL Stormers structures are world-class, so there is no better place for me to grow as a player,” he explained.

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