Jacques van Rooyen is able to play on both sides of the scrum. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

SOMERSET – Bath Rugby on Monday confirmed the signing of prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby outfit the Lions.  

The South African front-ranker, who has played over 60 times for the Lions since making his debut in 2014, will arrive in the West Country ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The Lions also confirmed in a media release that the prop was off to Bath Rugby.  

The experienced Van Rooyen said: “I’m really looking forward to testing myself in the northern hemisphere and playing for a club with a great deal of ambition going into the new season.”

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder added: “We are really pleased to bring someone in of Jacques’ calibre in time for the new season. He’s proven himself in Super Rugby, and will bring a great deal to the squad both at the set-piece and with ball-in-hand.

“We have great strength in depth at loosehead with Jacques, Lucas (Noguera) and Nathan (Catt) all competing for the number one shirt after losing Beno (Obano) to injury in May. 

“Jacques can also play at tighthead, which adds another option over the course of a busy season of domestic and European rugby.”

African News Agency (ANA)