Munster sign South African forward

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Munster sign South African forward

Munster's new back-row signing Arno Botha

MUNSTER Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the one-year signing of South African back row Arno Botha this Thursday.

Twenty six-year-old Botha, currently playing with London Irish, will join the province at the beginning of next season, subject to medical clearance and obtaining a work permit.

Botha, who plays flanker and number eight, played his entire professional career with the Blue Bulls before moving to London in January.

A former South Africa U20s captain, Botha featured for the Springboks on two occasions in 2013.

Botha's arrival this summer will further increase the South African-born representation at Munster which also includes head coach Johann van Graan, defence coach JP Ferreira, back-row forwards CJ Stander, who is an Irish international, and Chris Cloete, centre Jaco Taute, second-row Jean Kleyn as well as Academy players Kenyan Knox and Matt More.

Commenting on the signing, Head Coach Johann van Graan said: “In building our squad for next season I believe Arno will be a great addition to our side, adding further depth and strength to our back row options.

“From my time with the Bulls and South Africa I have first-hand experience of what Arno is capable of. A physical ball carrier and lineout jumper, he leads by example with his work-rate, commitment and physicality, and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”