Munster Complete The Signing Of Springbok Forward

Another Bok.

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have today confirmed the signing of South African back row Arno Botha on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old, currently with London Irish, will join the province at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, subject to medical clearance and obtaining a work permit.

Botha, an explosive ball carrier 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, he featured for the Springboks on two occasions in 2013.

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.”

Irish fans may be familiar with Botha as was supposed to sign for Ulster last season before suffering an injury. He instead went to London Irish, with Ulster signing Jean Deysel – who interestingly was at Munster.