Former Cheetahs and Castres captain Robert Ebersohn back in Bloem

Former Cheetahs and Castres captain Robert Ebersohn back in Bloem

One of the favourite sons of Toyota Cheetahs rugby, Robert Ebersohn, will be making his return to the franchise at the end of July

The 32-year-old Ebersohn has signed a two-year deal with the Cheetahs after having played his rugby in France since 2013 where he also captained French team Castres.

Ebersohn and his twin brother, Sias, were part of the famous Grey College class of 2007 which among others produced Cheetahs stalwarts such as Lappies Labuschagne (captain of Japan) and Coenie Oosthuizen (Springboks).

Both these internationals joined Cheetahs straight after school in 2008.

Ebersohn played in over 100 matches for the Free State and the Cheetahs until he left in 2013, and he was also the captain when he left to play overseas.

Ebersohn has spent numerous years playing for both Montpellier and Castres in France.

▲ In 2007, Ebersohn, represented the South Africa Schools team, and the following two years he played in ten "Tests" for the Junior Springbok.

Between 2008 and 2011 he played in 12 matches for the Springbok Sevens teams.

The Cheetahs head coach, Hawies Fourie, says he is delighted to have Ebersohn joining the team, especially after the recent retirement of William Small-Smith.

“We are glad to be able to sign a quality player like Robert.

“He is still 32 years old, in good shape and playing really well in France, so we look forward to getting him back.”

The Cheetahs captain, Ruan Pienaar, believes that a player like Ebersohn is exactly what the team needs.

“Robert is truly one of the Free State legends who has had a wonderful career here at the Cheetahs.

“I know coach Hawies has spoken to him and he only had good things to say.

“He is a hard-working player and a leader. It’s something that I think we really need in that position along with a guy like Frans Steyn, if he is available for us.

“It’s also great to see former players return and being prepared to plough back into the union.”

“We really look forward to Robert’s return.”