Experienced tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has signed a three-year contract extension to continue his considerable legacy as a DHL Stormer.
The World Cup winner has only ever played for one team in his professional career and will continue to add to his 126 DHL Stormers caps over the next three years.
A proud product of the Western Cape, Malherbe came through the junior ranks, representing DHL Western Province at U16, U18 and U19 level before making his DHL Stormers debut as a 20-year-old in 2011.
Since then he has established himself as one of the most respected front row forces in rugby, who has delivered consistent world-class performances for both the DHL Stormers and Springboks.
While he is renowned as one of the best there is at scrum-time, Malherbe also offers considerable value in his positional play, defensive nous and general rugby intelligence.
After representing the DHL Stormers for over a decade, Malherbe played a key role in the team’s victory in the inaugural Vodacom United Rugby Championship last season.
DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that having a player of Malherbe’s class remain loyal to the team is hugely significant.
“Frans embodies what we would like this team to be all about. He is already a DHL Stormers legend and will only add to that in the years to come.
“He is a world-class player who contributes so much more to our cause than just what he does on the field.
“He will play a vital role in inspiring and showing the next generation what it means to be a true DHL Stormers man,” he said.
Malherbe said that he is excited about what the next three years hold for the team.
“I am very happy to be staying in Cape Town and playing for the DHL Stormers.
“The team environment here is very positive and I want to contribute to building on that and doing whatever I can to help the team continue improving,” he said.