BLOEMFONTEIN –The Cheetahs have made a timely addition to their Pro14 squad with the signing of former Bulls centre Dries Swanepoel on a two-year deal.
In the Cheetahs' debut season of Pro14, the Bloemfontein-based side caught many by surprise as they progressed to the playoffs at the first time of asking.
However, it also exposed some key role-players to the northern hemisphere market, with captain Francois Venter and coach Rory Duncan heading off to join the Worcester Warriors in England.
Other departures in a relative exodus saw Torsten van Jaarsveld sign with French club Bayonne, while Fred Zeilinga, Carl Wegner, Reniel Hugo, Clinton Swart and Niel Marais will all play in Japan. Uzair Cassiem, Clayton Blommetjies and Tom Botha have also moved to Wales.
It means that the Cheetahs, now under the guidance of Franco Smith, will need to start afresh when the 2018-19 season rolls around.