Stormers secure Springbok duo
June 8, 2010
Jean de Villiers has agreed a return to the Stormers © Getty Images
Jean de Villiers and CJ van der Linde will boost the Stormers for next season's Super 15 after agreeing to contracts in Cape Town.
Both players have returned to South Africa after spells in Ireland, de Villiers with Munster and van der Linde with Leinster. De Villiers is currently with the Springboks for their Test against France but has signed for the remainder of the 2010 season with Western Province, while van der Linde will play this season's Currie Cup with the Cheetahs before heading to Newlands.
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