Johannesburg – Uncapped Springbok Lourens Adriaanse has signed for the Sharks and will join them from the start of next season, the Durban franchise announced on Monday.
The Griquas front-rower, drafted into South Africa’s Rugby Championship squad over the weekend, has signed a two-year deal at Kings Park and will officially make the switch in November.
“We have been impressed with Lourens's performances for both the Cheetahs and Griquas,” Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli said.
“He has a good work rate around the park and will add depth to our tight five.”
The 25-year-old tighthead prop came through the ranks at Western Province before his switch to Kimberley in 2011, the same year he featured for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.
Sharks chief executive John Smit said he was excited to see what their new acquisition had to offer.
“Lourens has displayed his immense potential and value as a tighthead prop and is a good addition to our squad.
“We look forward to welcoming him to the Sharks family.”
After an impressive first half of 2013, he was called-up by national coach Heyneke Meyer for the Incoming Series against Italy, Scotland, and Samoa, although he did not feature.
He was left out of the initial squad for the Rugby Championship, but called-up on Sunday following the omission of Trevor Nyakane, who has been dropped from the squad following repeated breaches of team protocol. – Sapa