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Cape Town - Welsh club Scarlets says the experience ofSpringbok prop Werner Kruger will prove vital to their cause.

The Scarlets on Wednesday announced the signing of the31-year-old Kruger on a three-year

deal.

He will link up with the Scarlets ahead of the 2016-17season after completing his Super Rugby duties with the Bulls.

"We're pleased to announce that Werner will join usahead of the forthcoming 2016-17 season. He will further strengthen us at theset piece and will bring vast experience having played both sides of the scrum,”Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac told the club’s official website.

"To have a player of Werner's experience available forthe whole season is something we haven't had for some time. His presence hereat Parc y Scarlets will be a huge plus for the young tightheads developingthrough the region."

Scarlets general manager of Rugby, Jon Daniels, added: "Werneris a strong addition to the squad bringing a vast amount of experience fromSuper Rugby and the international stage.

“Having been informed that Rhodri Jones had made a decisionto leave the Scarlets at the end of the season it was imperative that werecruited quality in that position to support the other tightheads in thesquad."

Kruger became the first Bulls player to earn 100 caps inboth Super Rugby and the Currie Cup in August 2015 having made his provincialdebut in 2007. He was part of the Bulls team that won both the 2009 and 2010 Super14 finals.

The Bloemfontein-born tighthead represented South AfricaUnder 21s on six occasions in 2005-06 before going on to represent the EmergingSpringboks (2009) and South Africa (2010 tour), winning four seniorinternational caps in 2011-12.

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