AMBITIOUS: Raymond Rhule

Coming to Cape Town to play for the Stormers was a no-brainer for winger Raymond Rhule.

Having starred for the Cheetahs in last season’s Super Rugby tournament, Rhule was the first-choice right wing for then-Springbok coach Allister Coetzee at the start of 2017.

Bad form, though, saw him lose his spot in the starting XV to Stormers superstar Dillyn Leyds.

The latter had a storming season last year, begging the question why would Rhule join a franchise where his biggest rival for the Bok No.14 jersey is currently the first choice?

Rhule explains his decision to move to the Cape as follows: “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to play against and with the best.

“I think I’m at a point where I just want to fight.

“I want to win Super Rugby in a team that contests for that - no disrespect for the Cheetahs, but with the way Super Rugby worked out they got kicked out.

“We all know how strong the Stormers pack is and how dominant they are. As a backline player, it’s a dream come true playing behind a pack that goes forward.”


His new teammates have welcomed Rhule with open arms.

He says: “The guys have obviously welcomed me with open arms.

“I think it’s a great bunch of guys - it’s a great environment, very professional.

“Thus far I can’t complain at all.”

With fellow back-three star Sergeal Petersen also having joined from the Cheetahs, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has his work cut out to keep all the players happy this season.

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Fleck will name his side for their Super Rugby opener against the Jaguares at Newlands on Thursday.

And if chosen, Rhule is ready to put a disappointing 2017 behind him.

He concludes: “It’s a new year for me, the past is the past. New year, new team, new mindset.

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“I’m just here to do my part for the team. Firstly I have to make the team, [but] being here has already made me a better player.

“All these [coaches] have given me a lot of things to think about... things I may have overlooked a bit.”

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