LONDON - English Premiership side Bath have signed South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby finalists the Lions.
The 31-year-old started the Super Rugby final in Christchurch on Saturday, when the Lions suffered a 37-18 defeat to the Crusaders. Van Rooyen has made more than 60 appearances for the Johannesburg-based Lions, making his debut four years ago.
“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," Van Rooyen told the Bath website.
Van Rooyen becomes the fourth player to depart the Lions for a team in the UK after Saturday's loss to the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final. The departures of Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Ruan Dreyer and Rohan Janse van Rensburg were already announced earlier this season.
He will enhance Bath's front-row strength and competition for the loosehead position after they lost England hopeful Beno Obano to an injury earlier this year that could see him miss the entire 2018-19 campaign.