Springbok lock Marvin Orie has signed with Western Province Rugby and will join the DHL Stormers training squad in their preparations for the 2021 season.
A product of Tygerberg High School, Orie represented DHL Western Province throughout his school career, wearing the blue and white hoops at the U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week and U18 Craven Week.
Having moved north to start his professional rugby career after school, the 28-year-old now returns to the Cape a seasoned campaigner, with experience at the highest level.
An astute line-out operator and renowned workhorse in the tight-loose, Orie will add further firepower to the formidable DHL Stormers tight five going forward.
DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that the addition of a player of Orie’s calibre is a welcome boost ahead of the 2021 campaign.
“We are thrilled to add a lock of Marvin’s quality to our squad, he is an international who has always posed a major threat when we have come up against him, so he will add valuable depth to our second row.
“Marvin is a product of our youth system and it is great to welcome him home as we embark on an exciting new chapter at Cape Town Stadium this season,” he said.
Orie himself is looking forward to hitting the ground running with his new team.
“I grew up a DHL Stormers supporter and I am looking forward to growing further as a player in Cape Town surrounded by quality players and working with a top management team,” he said.
Western Province Professional Rugby Chairman Ebrahim Rasool said that the signing of a player of Orie’s quality signals the intent to attract and retain top talent.
“The signing of an international like Marvin shows that we are serious about assembling a world-class playing squad. We are looking forward to confirming more top players who are committing themselves to this team in the near future,” he said.