Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr will join English Premiership side Wasps on a permanent basis ahead of the 2018/2019 season. The club announced Carr's move on their website on Friday.
The 27-year-old spent three months with Wasps earlier this season as injury cover, but his superb form in the English Premiership and European Champions Cup saw him quickly become a fan favourite at the Ricoh Arena. Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said that they are looking forward to seeing to see the exciting, skillful Carr's future performances in their loose trio.
“Nizaam made a massive impact during the time he was with us in the autumn," Young told Wasps.co.uk
“As a powerful ball-carrier with plenty of pace he proved to be a really good fit with our playing style. His close-quarter work also really stood out in a couple of games played in bad weather."
“He also immediately became very popular with the rest of the players and the fans while the staff and coaches found him excellent to work with."
“We are therefore really delighted that he is rejoining us on a permanent basis and look forward to seeing him become part of a very strong back-row group.”
The Stormers have also announced the departure of scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage and wing Raymond Rhule, who have been released early from their contracts to join European clubs. Both of them, along with Carr, will leave the Stormers at the end of the current Super Rugby season.
Duvenage will head to Italian club Benetton Treviso and Rhule will join Stormers prop JC Janse van Rensburg at French side Grenoble. Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that they will continue looking to improve their depth.
"We appreciate what Nizaam, Dewaldt and Raymond have all contributed in their time here and wish them all the best for their future," he said.
"Nizaam and Dewaldt both came through the system here and have been stalwarts for us over the years, while Raymond added another string to our bow this season.
"We are continously looking at strengthening our depth and will look to bring in quality players who can add value and improve our squad going forward."