Harlequins sign Namibia captain Renaldo Bothma
By James Dale
Last Updated: 09/11/16 1:50pm
Namibia captain Renaldo Bothma has signed for Premiership side Harlequins, the club have confirmed.
The South African-born 27-year-old will join from Super Rugby franchise the Bulls at the start of next season.
Back-row Bothma has 13 caps for Namibia and Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston revealed the club were not the only offer the forward had on the table.
"Renaldo is one of the most destructive ball carriers in world rugby and so I am absolutely delighted to have secured his services on a long-term contract," said Kingston.
"As captain of his country, he also brings strong leadership qualities.
"He chose Harlequins over other options around the world and his signing is a major statement of where we want to take this great club over the coming years."
Bothma, who has scored eight tries for his country and played in three of his country's World Cup pool matches last year, wants to take Harlequins to a new level once he finishes with the Bulls.
"I'm really excited to move to England next summer and positively impact Harlequins," said Bothma.
"I've signed a long-term deal and I'm wanting to play a big role in helping grow the club and bring it to even higher heights.
"I'm a big believer in a positive playing environment and from speaking to John Kingston, it is very clear that this is how Harlequins operates.
"The club has a great vibe and there is a huge family friendly nature to it.
"I have another Super Rugby season with the Bulls to concentrate on and I will be giving it my all before my move to England."