Leicester Tigers have bolsted there ranks with three new signings following their near escape from relegation for the first time in English club rugby history earlier this season.
Long-rumoured Bulls flanker/second row Hanro Liebenberg heads up the list, with former Leinster and Munster flanker Jordan Coghlan joining from Nottingham and Leibenberg's fellow South African EW Viljoen making his way to Welford Road from the Stormers in Super Rugby.
âHanro is an aggressive ball-carrier and a physical player around the field, in the best traditions of South African back-row players."
- Murphy on Leibenberg
Leibenberg played a significant role for the Bulls in their 2019 Super Rugby campaign, playing alongside the likes of Springbok stars Duane Verumulen, Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel. Able to play across the backrow and at lock when required, the 23-year-old adds to an already muscle-bound loose forward pool at Welford Road.
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: "Hanro is an aggressive ball-carrier and a physical player around the field, in the best traditions of South African back-row players.
"He has gained a good level of experience already for a 23-year-old and has good leadership qualities too.
"His best years in the game should still be ahead of him and we look forward to welcoming him for next season."
Liebenberg added: "The opportunity to play in the Premiership is one I am very excited about and to do it at a club of Leicester's tradition and standing is a huge honour."
"The Tigers fans are well known around the world as some of the best in rugby and I am looking forward to playing at Welford Road in front of them, alongside my new team-mates.
"His junior career speaks for itself"
-Murphy on Coghlan
On the signing of Coghlan, who moved to Nottingham in 2016 after spells with both Leinster and Munster between 2012 and 2016, Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: "Jordan is a physical, athletic and experienced player who we are looking forward to welcoming in to the club."
"His junior career speaks for itself and achievements back home in Ireland as a young man have served him well in his career."
Coghlan added: "This is Leicester Tigers - the most successful club in English history. For me, to be part of that is a huge honour.
"I've met the squad and coaches, who have all been amazing and really welcomed me in to the club. There is a lot of talent in this squad and great people around, so I'm really excited to be a part of it and contribute to the club."
"He has an impressive resume and, at only 24, it's encouraging to know he still has plenty of improvement left in him."
-Murphy on Viljoen
Stormers man Viljoen arrives in England after scoring seven tries in 28 appearances for the Cape Town side over the last two years, able to play at both outside centre and in the outside backs, the 24-year-old will provide Leicester with important cover for the likes of often absent/injuired England men Manu Tuilagi and Jonny May, Wales' Jonah Holmes and Tonga's Telusa Veainu.
On the signing of Viljoen, Murphy said: "EW is a versatile, skilful and exciting player to have as part of our group. He has an impressive resume for a young man and, at only 24, it's encouraging to know he still has plenty of improvement left in him.
"EW adds a lot to our outside-back stocks and provides valuable depth in the squad."
Viljoen said: "The chance to represent a club like Leicester Tigers is one I could not pass up and I'm very excited about the challenge of playing in the Premiership.
"I want to play my role and make a contribution to getting Tigers back to where a club of their history and tradition belongs, which I believe Geordan Murphy is building towards."