Steven Kitshoff to captain Stormers

Steven Kitshoff has played 101 times for Stormers
Steven Kitshoff has played 101 times for Stormers

Stormers have confirmed that South Africa international Steven Kitshoff has signed a new deal with the club and has been appointed as the captain.

Kitshoff started his career with provincial side Western Stormers in the Currie Cup in 2011 and in the same year went on to make Super Rugby debut for Stormers. He made a switch to Bordeaux ahead of the 2015/16 season before returning back to the Cape Town based club for a second stint in 2017 and has overall played 101 games for the club.

A part of World Cup winning Springboks squad in 2019, Kitshoff has played 49 Tests for South Africa since his international debut in 2016. He also won the Junior World Championship with South Africa Under 20 team in 2012.

The club also confirmed that Salmaan Moerat has been appointed vice-captain for the upcoming season. The 23-year-old also had led SA Schools, the Junior Springboks and DHL Western Province and also the Stormers in two preparation games this year.

“Steven is a world-class player on top of his game who has the respect of everyone in the rugby world. To have a person of his calibre and deep connection to this team as our talisman going forward is immense," said Stormers head coach John Dobson.

“Both Steven and Salmaan are proud products of our youth system and are inspirational figures both in our squad and for our faithful supporters.

"Their decision to remain with the DHL Stormers is testimony to the good developmental work that has been carried out over the decades. We look forward to continue building off the rock-solid foundation they will provide for our team".

Stormers will kick start their Rainbow Cup campaign with a clash against Sharks at Cape Town Stadium on 23rd April.