23rd Nov, 2017

Warriors sign South African hooker Haupt on short-term deal

Aaron Wise 7th Nov, 2017

WARRIORS have signed South African hooker Kurt Haupt on a short-term deal.

The former Southern Kings player has arrived at Sixways with immediate effect, in the absence of hookers Joe Taufete’e, Niall Annett and Matti Williams.

With Taufete’e set to join USA on international duty throughout November, and Annett and Williams missing through injury, Haupt will provide extra competition for the number two jersey.

Director of rugby Gary Gold said: “Kurt is an experienced player who will add competition at hooker. We’re looking forward to getting him involved as soon as possible and are excited about what he can offer.”

The 28-year-old represented the Blue Bulls in the 2013 Vodacom Cup, before moving to the South Western District Eagles.

In the 2016 Currie Cup qualification, the hooker was in prolific tryscoring form as he crossed the whitewash five times in just nine appearances for the Eagles.

He went on to represent the Southern Kings in this year’s Super Rugby competition, where he made eight appearances and helped the side produce some big upsets against Waratahs in Australia and the Sharks.

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