Springbok flyhalf Damian Willemse linked with move up north


Springbok flyhalf Damian Willemse is reportedly on the radar of English Premiership outfit, Bath.

The Stormers pivot was a member of the Rugby World Cup-winning Bok side from 2019, and is one of the brightest prospect in South African rugby.

Bath linked with Damian Willemse

According to reports coming in from the United Kingdom, the 23-year-old could soon leave the Cape for the county of Somerset.

It is believed that Bath are looking to bolster their ranks in the flyhalf department, where Welsh international Rhys Priestland has starred in recent months.

The club has seen the departure of two pivots while the game was placed on pause by the global pandemic, and could do with some depth in the position.

England international Freddie Burns signed for Shokki Shuttles in Japan, following the expiry of his contract earlier in the year. He was followed by veteran utility back Alex Davies, who took up a job as player-coach at National League One outfit Rosslyn Park in July.

Springboks on English club’s radar 

Willemse is one of three Springbok flyhalves whose names have been bandied about in Bath’s pursuit of a new pivot.

Fellow World Cup winner, Handre Pollard was linked with the club before his move to France via Montpellier.

Thirteen-time capped Springbok Johan Goosen is another name that has come up.

The former Cheetahs flyhalf is also currently plying his trade at Montpellier.

Willemse – who has long been a subject of much excitement within South African shores – has seen his stock rise exponentially since his involvement with Rassie Erasmus’ triumphant side.

He was called up as a late replacement to centre Jesse Kriel and featured twice in the green and gold during the global showpiece event.

To date, he has six international caps to his name since making his debut against Argentina in a Rugby Championship encounter at Kings Park in 2018.

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