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AJ Venter has left the Sharks to play for Western Province and he says that he is going to Cape Town to win the Super 14 with the Stormers next year.


As luck would have it his first game for his new province will be a Currie Cup match against the Sharks on June 20.


“Can you believe it, hey? My first game for WP is the Sharks in Durban. I probably won’t get the best welcome in Durban, but I am looking forward to it. I do enjoy playing there,” he said.


Venter, 34, did plan to retire at the end of this year’s Super 14 but he says that a “fresh body” and healthy mind had swayed him to take up the offer from WP last week.


“I am really excited about joining WP and the Stormers,” he said in The Mercury.


“I did feel tired last year, so that’s why I felt that this would be my last Super 14. But I haven’t played a lot of rugby this year, as I seemed to fall out of favour for some reason at the Sharks.


“I do understand that they have a lot of quality young loose forwards and locks, so Dick and John wanted to give them more game time.


“I have been in talks with WP before, but things didn’t work out. They have a good bunch of players and an excellent coaching staff under Rassie Erasmus. You could say that they have a complete team.


“I have never won the Super 14, so that is really important for me. I have been in a few semi-finals and last year’s final, so I want to win the tournament for a change.”


Venter also put paid to the rumours and question marks about him being dropped for the Sharks Super 14 Semi final when Tongan Epi Taione started in his place.


“I broke my thumb two weeks ago against the Chiefs. But it is only a hairline fracture, so the doctor said I would be able to play in two weeks’ time. So I will be fit to face the Sharks.

 

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