Springbok full-back Warrick Gelant makes Stormers swap

Warrick Gelant has played nine Tests for South Africa
Warrick Gelant has played nine Tests for South Africa

Stormers have confirmed that Springbok full-back Warrick Gelant will join the club from rivals Bulls.

Gelant has been with Bulls since his professional rugby debut with provincial side Blue Bulls in 2015 with his Super Rugby debut coming a year later. His presence in Stormers will further bolster their backline that already has Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse, Seabelo Senatla and Sergeal Petersen.

Stormers head coach John Dobson welcomed Gelant's addition to the club.

“Warrick has established himself as one of the most dynamic backline players in South Africa, so we could not be more thrilled to have him on our books going forward,” he said.

“With Dillyn Leyds leaving, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to step into the 15 jersey. I am sure his presence will also have a hugely positive influence on the players around him.

“We are also looking forward to giving Damian Willemse the opportunity to settle at flyhalf going forward, with Warrick providing his trademark strike threat from the back.

“Warrick is a deadly finisher with a wonderful feel for the game and awareness of space, which is just what we need for the talent we already have in the backline to thrive.”

The 25-year-old made his South Africa debut in 2017 and has gone on to play nine Tests with his last appearance coming during the 2019 Rugby Championship.

“I can’t wait to join up with the Stormers and I’m very excited about what the future holds,” he said. “I want to take my game to new heights and I believe that working with the players and the coaches at the Stormers will help me to do that.”