Gerbrandt Grobler in action for Munster during the Guinness PRO14 2017/18 game against the Kings in April. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

GLOUCESTER – Gloucester Rugby on Monday announced the signing of South African lock Gerbrandt Grobler for the 2018/2019 season.

Grobler, 25, who currently plies his trade for Munster will make the move after a strong season in the Pro14.

Grobler began his career with Western Province before graduating into the Stormers side in Super Rugby.

He then continued his career in Europe with Racing 92, making 20 appearances at the Stade Yves de Manoir, scoring 5 tries, before a switch to the Pro 14 with Munster Rugby.

His experiences across the top rugby leagues in Europe stand Grobler in good stead as he joins the Cherry and Whites, ready to compete for a place in a strong area of the squad.

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Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the news of Grobler’s arrival at the club.

“Over the past couple of seasons, Gerbrandt has developed into a top quality second row and made a big impression during his time at Racing and Munster Rugby. He will bring the benefit of his experience from those top European clubs to Gloucester and his athleticism and skillset are well suited to Gloucester’s style of play," said Humphreys.

“We are excited to add another young, dynamic forward to our squad, and he will add a lot of quality and options to our pack.”

Gloucester Rugby have signed SA lock Gerbrandt Grobler. Photo:
Gloucester Rugby have signed SA lock Gerbrandt Grobler. Photo:

Speaking this week, Grobler spoke of his excitement ahead of his move to the Gallagher Premiership.

“It’s a big competition to come and play in. In South Africa, the English competition is the one that gets aired the most, and gets the most attention, and you get to mix it up with the world’s best from all over.

“The English league gives a huge opportunity to learn, every game is close, a contest until the end. That’s one thing that appeals to me, the opportunity to test yourself week in, week out.” 

African News Agency (ANA)

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