Munster second row Gerbrandt Grobler is moving to Gloucester
MUNSTER’S South African second row Gerbrandt Grobler is to join Aviva Premiership side Gloucester next season.
Twenty five-year-old Grobler has been an impressive operator in recent seasons, having tasted rugby across Europe in the Top 14 with Racing 92, and currently with Munster.
Grobler’s previous two-year ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid was widely discussed and debated during his time at Munster, but the South African bounced back impressively on the pitch following that furore.
He scored a try for Munster in their narrow Guinness PRO14 semi-final defeat to Leinster at the RDS on Saturday.
Grobler began his career with Western Province before graduating into the Stormers side in Super Rugby.
He then continued his career in Europe with Racing 92, making 20 appearances at the Stade Yves de Manoir, scoring 5 tries, before a switch to the Pro 14 with Munster Rugby.
Grobler said: “Gloucester are a club that are on the up, and I want to be part of something with the same ambitions and goals as me. I want to be part of something that is building, and spend my future here.
“The thing that excites me about this move, is joining a team with big ambitions to improve, to be consistent and build something really successful with the squad.”
And the prospect of working with Head Coach Johan Ackermann is an exciting one for the second row.
“Working with Johan was a huge part of my decision to come to the club, I had a long talk with him once about life and how you take learnings from things. He proved to me there is hope in life.
“You can get into a dark hole, and he convinced me of a good image, and the way he talks about the way of life, people and this appealed massively to me. I can’t wait to get to work.”