GRENOBLE, France - Springbok wing Raymond Rhule has signed a two-year contract with Grenoble, the club announced on Monday. Rhule, a 25-year-old Ghanaian-born wing or centre, has won seven South Africa caps, all last year, scoring one try. He played for the Cheetahs from 2013-17 and, when that franchise was dropped from Super Rugby after last season, joined the Stormers.
Grenoble, who have just been promoted to Top 14, have already signed another Stormers player this summer, prop JC Janse Van Rensburg. The addition of Rhule and Van Rensburg brings the total number of South Africans at Grenoble to four. The French club also have well-travelled flyhalf Burton Francis and and lock Francois Uys on their books.
Francis, originally from Paarl, played for the the Bulls, Lions, Western Province and Griquas in the Currie Cup and three of South Africa's four Super Rugby franchises before joining Agen in 2013. He moved Grenoble in 2017. Uys played for the Lions and Cheetahs before spending two years at Toyota Verblitz and Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars in Japan and then joined Grenoble in 2017.
Meanwhile, Dynamic flyhalf Tian Schoeman will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs on July 1 ahead of the Currie Cup and 2018/19 Guinness Pro 14 seasons and has committed until October 2020. Schoeman has been playing for Bordeaux in the French Top 14 during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Between 2013 and 2016 he represented the Blue Bulls in 29 matches and the Bulls in 35 Super Rugby matches. Schoeman was also included in the Springbok squad for the 2016 Outgoing Tour.
AFP/African News Agency (ANA)