Bath may finally have secured their long sought after new flyhalf signing, at least according to reports coming out of South Africa today. Netwerk24 are reporting that Cheetahs flyhalf Tian Schoeman is set to leave the side to pursue a career in the English West Country with Bath.
Schoeman (5’11, 90kg) joined the Toyota Cheetahs in 2018 ahead of the Currie Cup and 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 seasons. He had committed until October 2020 but now looks Premiership bound.
According to the report, Schoeman will remain at the Cheetahs until December before making the trip north.
The 29-year-old had 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 SuperRugby matches.
Tian was also included in the Springbok XV team for 2016 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.
Bath had been linked with Handre Pollard, but those rumours have been put to bed by the player himself. They have also been linked with Aaron Cruden and Gareth Anscombe in the past.
With the future of the Cheetahs in some doubt, many of their squad are seeking opportunities abroad. The Cheetahs have been turfed out of the PRO14, along with the already redundant Southern Kings, in favour of an expanded league that includes the Stormers, Lions, Bulls and Sharks.
The Cheetahs also appear to be losing hooker Reinach Venter, who is likely heading to Top14 giants Clermont Auvergne.
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