Stormers swoop for Brits
Saracens hooker to joins on loan to bolster the back row
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: June 27, 2011 9:05pm
Brits: Joining the Stormers on an emergency loan deal
The Stormers have completed a sensational transfer coup by bringing back Saracens hooker Schalk Brits on loan.
The South Africa international has been in scintillating form for Sarries since joining from the Western Province franchise in 2009 - with Brits named man of the match in the Aviva Premiership final victory over Leicester.
However he has been named in the Stormers squad for the Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders after Duane Vermeulen was sidelined for up to nine weeks with a knee injury and Siya Kolisi was ruled out after being mugged.
And with Pieter Louw also out injured, the Stormers were granted special dispensation to complete the signing - with Brits set to be used as an impact player off the bench, albeit in the back row.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told keo.co.za: "Schalk played occasionally for the Stormers at loose forward, so it shouldn't be a problem.
"He's been in outstanding form for Saracens this season, and while he has fed the lineouts and competed in the scrum, his role has effectively been that of a loose forward.
"I wanted someone who could fill Nick Koster's role on the bench, somebody who could make an impact and Schalk obviously fits the bill. He will not, however, be considered a hooking option."