Rugby 17.2.2016 05:15 pm

South Africa’s Kruger signs for Scarlets

Werner Kruger. Picture: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

Werner Kruger. Picture: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

“I believe the time ahead will be a time for growth and learning.”

South Africa prop Werner Kruger has signed a three-year contract with the Scarlets, the Welsh regional side announced Wednesday.

The 31-year-old tighthead will leave Super Rugby side the Bulls to join the Llanelli-based Scarlets ahead of the 2016/17 European season.

Kruger, who won four Springbok caps from 2011-12, became the first Bulls player to make 100 appearances in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup in August 2015.

“Both me and my family are really looking forward to this next chapter at Parcy Scarlets,” Kruger told the club’s region’s website. “I believe the time ahead will be a time for growth and learning.”

Kruger added: “We are especially looking forward to experiencing all that the Welsh have to offer, making a difference and playing great rugby.”

His signing was announced the day after Wales prop Rhodri Jones confirmed he was leaving the Scarlets for nearby Welsh rivals Ospreys.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: “He (Kruger) will further strengthen us at the set-piece and will bring vast experience having played both sides of the scrum.

“To have a player of Werner’s experience available for the whole season is something we haven’t had for some time.

“His presence here at Parc y Scarlets will be a huge plus for the young tightheads developing through the region.”

 

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