The Cheetahs have added 11 new players which include a few former Bulls players.
Bulls discard Rudy Paige has extended his stay in Bloemfontein until the end of October 2019 after joining the side this year.
While centre Dries Swanepoel also returns to Bloemfontein after five years with the Bulls.
Former Bulls flyhalves Tian Schoeman and Louis Fouche will also don the orange and white jersey for upcoming Currie Cup and Pro14 season.
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Schoeman returns to South African rugby following his short stint with French club Bordeaux and Fouche joins the Cheetahs from Japanese side Kubota Spears.
Du Preez stands 209cm or 6’10.5″ tall. That’s half an inch taller than Ireland’s Devin Toner (6’10) and makes him the tallest professional rugby player on the planet currently.
While Toner is often cited at 6’11, he’s on record as claiming to in fact be 6’10.
The Cheetahs’ 50-man squad will officially be announced on August 14.
Rudy Paige (scrumhalf, Bulls), Adriaan Carelse (fullback, Boland), Tian Schoeman (flyhalf, Bordeaux), Louis Fouche (flyhalf, Kubota Spears), Ruben de Haas (scrumhalf, USA), Dries Swanepoel (centre, Bulls), Benhard Janse van Rensburg (utility back, Sharks), Walt Steenkamp (lock, Leopards), JP du Preez (lock, Lions), Aidon Davis (loose forward, Toulon), Louis Conradie (lock, Boland).
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