Springboks centre Juan de Jongh has become the latest high-profile player to sign for Aviva Premiership runners-up Wasps.
The club confirmed on Tuesday that de Jongh had agreed to join the Coventry-based outfit from the Stormers at the end of the current Super Rugby season.
De Jongh, who has won 19 Test caps for South Africa and picked up an Olympic bronze medal in Rio last summer, will join countrymen Ashley Johnson and Willie le Roux at the Ricoh Arena.
“I can’t wait to play for such an amazing club as Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and am relishing the ultimate challenge that lies ahead,” he said in a statement. “Wasps has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players, and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game.
“From everything I’ve heard, Wasps sounds like a fantastic place and a perfect fit for any top end athlete to be. Having watched their last couple of games, I believe there is a lot to look forward to at the club.
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“Hopefully I can add some experience and energy to an already well-established and talented side and hopefully we can start pushing towards European and Premiership success.
“I am 100 percent focused on what I want to achieve on the field next season and can’t wait to get started.”
Under Premiership rules, Wasps are allowed to sign two marquee players outside of the salary cap and de Jongh would appear to be a replacement for Kurtley Beale, who is returning home to Australia.
Before he can embark on his new life in Coventry, however, de Jongh is determined to sign off from his time with the Stormers in style.
“For the next couple of months, I remain totally committed to the Stormers and to achieving our goals,” he added. “It would be one of the highlights of my career if I could be part of a team that again reached the Super Rugby finals.”
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