Domenica, 07 Febbraio 2016 14:14 | Worcester Warriors sign Bok flank

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Cape Town - English club Worcester Warriors have announcedthe signing of Springbok flank Dewald Potgieter.

Potgieter joins up with his new team-mates immediately aheadof Saturday's clash with Bath at Sixways.

Potgieter has

a decorated history in his native SouthAfrica, having won two consecutive Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2009and 2010, amassing 70 appearances for the Pretoria-based side.

The loose forward’s Super Rugby success coincided with himmaking six international appearances for South Africa, bagging a try againstWales at the Millennium Stadium in June 2010.

He also captained the Emerging Springboks against theBritish & Irish Lions in 2009 - where he came up against Ireland legend andcurrent Warriors lock Donncha O'Callaghan.

The 28-year-old was also part of provincial side the BlueBulls, scoring ten tries in 65 appearances as they won the 2009 Currie Cuptitle and 2008 and 2010 Vodacom Cup crowns.

Since 2013, Potgieter has been plying his trade in Japan forYamaha Jubilo, reaching the final of the Top League competition in 2014/15 andwinning the LIXIL Cup for the first time in the club's history during the sameseason.

In the 2015/16 Top League campaign, the forward helped hisside top their pool before they went on to claim third place in the competitionafter losing in the semi-finals.

On his move to the Warriors, Potgieter told the club’sofficial website: "I'm really excited about a new challenge in Englandwith Warriors.

"Dean Ryan is building something really unique atWorcester and it's something that really appealed to me.

"I can't wait to get started and to try and earn therespect of my teammates and hopefully I can add something to the squad."

Director of Rugby Ryan added: "Dewald is a talentedflanker with a wealth of experience at the top level from his time in SuperRugby.

"He has played with and against some of the best in theSouthern Hemisphere and his inclusion in the back row will be of huge benefitto the pack."

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