Erasmus denies Stormers Van Der Linde link


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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has ended rumours that he was looking to lure former Cheetahs prop CJ van der Linde to the Stormers camp.

The question of depth was discussed at the team’s weekly press conference at their training venue in Bellville on Wednesday, where Erasmus admitted on the Stormers website that with injuries being part of the game, one’s depth could easily be depleted.

“I’m fairly happy with our depth, but things can go wrong,” said Erasmus, referring to tightheads Brock Harris and JC Kritzinger both going down with injuries in a single training session.

“Brock’s possibly a long term one ‘ he’s foot is in a boot cast,” explained Erasmus. “JC is less serious, it’s just a knee niggle, he should be fine.”

Following this news of the double injury, the media were quick to jump on the rumour of CJ van der Linde’s potential move to Cape Town, but Erasmus was having none of it.

“We’ve got Brian, Brock and JC, where would CJ play?” said Erasmus, prompting one of the journo’s to chip in : “In the starting line-up?”

Erasmus shot back: “May be for another coach,” abruptly ending the line of questioning.

The Stormers squad for the 2009 Super 14 will be announced on February 6.

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