Cardiff Blues in the market for South African locks

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Cardiff Blues have been linked to four South African second row targets ahead of next season, according to a report by Steffan Thomas in The Rugby Paper.

The engine room is known to be an area that head coach John Mulvihill is keen to improve for 2020/21, with rumours that Cory Hill could well be on his way to the Arms Park alongside a player from the Southern Hemisphere.

Two of the linked players currently ply their trade in the Guinness Pro14, with Sintu Manjezi of the Cheetahs being courted by Dragons, Worcester and La Rochelle as well as the Cardiff Blues. The 24-year-old started out at Eastern Province before briefly playing for the Southern Kings in Super Rugby ahead of a switch to Bloemfontein.

The other is Bobby De Wee who has been at the Southern Kings since they joined the league in 2017, and topped the Pro14’s tackle stats in that first season. The 26-year-old formerly played for the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.

Hyron Andrews of the Sharks has also been linked. The 24-year-old has spent his whole senior career in Durban having won South Africa U20 honours, and has made 39 Super Rugby appearances over the last four seasons alongside featuring in the Currie Cup.

Finally, Ian Groenewald is more of an unknown quantity having spent much of his career playing for Maties Rugby Club at Stellenbosch University. The 27-year-old has had short spells at Western Province and Verona though, as well as a stint as a medical joker for Toulon, before playing for Griquas in last season’s Currie Cup.

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