Free State Rugby has announced that Charles Marais (prop) and Justin Basson (lock) have extended their contracts with the Cheetahs for another two years.
In 2014 Charles Marais made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions during the 2014 season against the Bulls. He joined the EP Kings in July 2014 prior to the Currie Cup Premier Division competition and playing in 7 matches for the team.
He signed a deal that would see him play for the Cheetahs in the 2016 season.
Basson moved to Bloemfontein from Pretoria to join the Free State Cheetahs and started the season playing for the UFS Shimlas Young Guns, scoring a try in the final of the 2014 Varsity Cup Young Guns competition to help them win the competition.
He started nine games for the Free State U21 in the Provincial Championship. He was included in a Free State XV that participated in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, making his first-class debut in 2016 against Boland.
Basson played in 12 Currie Cup matches so far, including the semi final and final. (2016 Currie Cup Champions).