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Stormers sign Lions hooker Bezuidenhout

Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout will join the Stormers as injury cover

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Article Published: Friday 25 January 2013|

Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout will join the Stormers from next week as injury cover after injuries to two of their hookers Scarra Ntubeni and Tiaan Liebenberg.

Earlier this week John Smit was linked to the Stormers as a possible injury replacement but the Stormers have confirmed that Bezuidenhout will be be based in Cape Town until the end of March.

Young hooker Scarra Ntubeni (shoulder) has had surgery this week and Springbok Tiaan Liebenberg (back) still a few weeks away from taking contact.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee explained: "Martin will initially be here until the end of March, but it could be longer - depending on the fitness of Tiaan and Scarra."

Bezuidenhout played his Craven Week rugby for the Leopards, before moving to Johannesburg after school.

The 23-year-old hooker has represented the Lions at every level - including two seasons of Super Rugby and the 2011 Currie Cup Final when he came off the bench.

"As I said earlier this week, we needed a hooker with enough Super Rugby and big-game experience and Martin certainly fits the bill," Coetzee said on the Stormers website.

"He also came very highly-recommended by his peers and we're looking forward to welcoming him at training on Monday and getting him up to speed with our systems at the HPC."

Bezuidenhout will immediately be included in the team's preparations for next Saturday's warm-up match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (kick-off 17h00).

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