Rugby Union: Prop Rossouw de Klerk heads for Glasgow
Last Updated: 23/07/14 1:23pm
Glasgow Warriors have captured the signature of South African Rossouw de Klerk, subject to the prop being granted a visa and passing a medical.
He moves to Scotstoun on a two-year deal and will join up with Gregor Townsend's squad for pre-season training at the end of the month.
The tight-head began his senior career in Pretoria, making his debut for the Blue Bulls in 2009. Four years later he moved to the Cheetahs and in 2014 played in seven Super Rugby games for the Kimberley-based team.
In a statement De Klerk said: "It's always been an ambition of mine to play for a European club and I'm looking forward to going over to Scotland later this month and meeting my new team-mates in Glasgow.
"I'm expecting tough competition to get into the team but that is a great challenge and something which really motivates me. Glasgow have made excellent progress over the last couple of seasons and I'm looking forward to being a part of that."
De Klerk becomes Glasgow's third prop to join the club this summer and fifth overall following the arrivals of Alex Allan, Euan Murray, James Downey and Murray McConnell.
Coach Townsend said: "To get a tight-head of Rossouw's quality into the club is fantastic and he'll add depth and competition to our front row.
"Playing in that position you know you're going to play a lot of rugby throughout the season and Rossouw already has a lot of experience for a 24-year-old.
"He has come through Super Rugby with the Cheetahs and prior to that the Blue Bulls and those two teams are renowned for their scrummaging.
"Rossouw is also very good in the loose and a strong tackler and has already played more than 20 games in Super Rugby. It's great news that he's joining us and we look forward to welcoming him to the club later this month."