Frans Steyn is ready to return to action after being named to the Cheetahs’ 28-man squad for their European Challenge Cup matches in Italy and Wales.
Since December, when he suffered a hamstring strain in the Cheetahs’ inaugural European Challenge Cup encounter against Pau, Steyn has been out with an injury.
The inclusion of the 35-year-old Springbok in the Cheetahs squad signifies that he has regained full fitness and is now ready for selection.
Friedle Olivier and Oupa Mohoje, loose forwards, have also been selected despite availability problems.
Olivier is thought to have experienced an injury scare in training earlier this week, but Mohoje’s suspension will not finish until 9 January.
Alulutho Tshakweni and Conraad van Vuuren have replaced Marnus van der Merwe (hamstring), Marne Coetzee (neck), and Mzamo Majola (loan) in the touring group.
Cheetahs are aware that their backs are against the wall.
The Cheetahs will depart Bloemfontein on Sunday, January 8, in order to travel to Wales for their Round 3 Challenge Cup match against the Scarlets in Llanelli on Friday, January 13.
Their next encounter will be on January 22 at Parma against Pau.
It will be a home game for the Cheetahs, who play their home games in Parma, Italy, at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. One of the requirements for the Cheetahs to participate in the 2022/23 European Challenge Cup was a European base.
CHEETAHS TOURING SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP MATCHES: Forwards — Rynier Bernardo, Aranos Coetzee, Schalk Ferreira, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Daniel Maartens, Oupa Mohoje, Friedle Olivier, Sibabalo Qoma, Jeandré Rudolph, Victor Sekekete (captain), Alulutho Tshakweni, Conraad van Vuuren, Louis van der Westhuizen, Hencus van Wyk, Janus Venter, Mzwanele Zito.
Backs — David Brits, Robert Ebersohn, Reinhardt Fortuin, Munier Hartzenberg, Daniel Kasende, Rewan Kruger, Andell Loubser, Tapiwa Mafura, Siya Masuku, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn.