SWD formed part of the original Stormers franchise in 1998, and – following a 10 year absence with the Southern Kings - the union has once again been made an official partner in the Stormers franchise.
Boland was also part of the Stormers’ brand, but their relationship with WP has since deteriorated, according to media reports
While Boland was part of the Stormers franchise, it annually received money from Western Province and also played pre-season matches against the Stormers. However, the annual pre-season Boland-Stormers match was not played this year, with the Stormers facing SWD instead.
WP’s partnership with SWD will see the two unions work closely together to take the Stormers franchise forward by assisting each other in player development, exchanging coaching and player resources and forging a relationship between the clubs and schools of the WPRFU and SWD Eagles Rugby.