The Free State Cheetahs have confirmed the signing of four new players for the upcoming PRO14, namely utility back, Rhyno Smith, loose-forward, Chris Massyn, centre, Chris Smit, and hooker, Wilmar Arnoldi.
The Sharks’ outside back, Rhyno Smith, will be heading back to Bloemfontein after previously playing for the team in the PRO14 during the 2018/19 season. Smith, who was a star player for the North West University Pukke in the Varsity Cup and for the Leopards in the Currie Cup first division, played for the Toyota Cheetahs on a loan deal. Smith has signed a three-year contract with the Cheetahs.
Chris Massyn joins the Cheetahs on a two-year contract from Western Province. Massyn, who normally plays flank, led the University of Stellenbosch Maties to the 2019 Varsity Cup title. He has the rare distinction of captaining two Varsity Cup teams to the title after previously also leading the University of Pretoria Tuks.
Chris Smit, who joined the Griquas earlier in the year after winning the 2019 Varsity Cup with the University of Stellenbosch Maties, will be joining the Cheetahs on a two-year contract. The centre, who can also play at flyhalf, is cool-headed on the field and has a good distribution game which has caught the attention of many coaches in South Africa.
Hooker Wilmar Arnoldi will be joining the club on a two-year deal from the Griquas. Arnoldi was a star-performer for the North West University Pukke for three years before joining the Griquas in 2017. During that time he also represented the Leopards in the Currie Cup First Division. In 2017 Arnoldi was named in the Varsity Cup Dream Team.
All four of these players are currently playing for their respective provinces in the Currie Cup and will link up with the Cheetahs at the conclusion of the competition.