The hard-running Free State Cheetahs centre Francois Venter has joined the England based Worcester Warriors on a two-years contract starting from the end of PRO14 season. The highly-rated 26-yearold – who has made over 50 Super Rugby appearances – will strengthen Warriors’ exciting-looking backline and will continue to work alongside current Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan, who also makes the move to Sixways later this year.
According to the team website, Venter has expressed happiness to have played for the Cheetahs. He said the decision to move to England was the hardest he ever had to make in his rugby career. “After careful consideration, I have decided to continue my rugby career at the end of the PRO14 season at the Worcester Warriors in England. This was certainly the hardest decision I ever had to take because I’m so happy at the Cheetahs. I would like to thank everyone at the end of the season,” said Venter. “For now, I want to focus my attention on Saturday’s match.
There is still a lot of rugby to be played and our Cheetahs would like to win the PRO14. I hope to see a lot of people in Toyota Stadium on Saturday - we really need your support.” Venter played his 50th Super Rugby match on the April 21, 2017 against the Crusaders and made his PRO14 debut against Munster on the September 9, 2017. He played in 10 matches so far.