Gloucester have confirmed the signing of South African second row Gerbrandt Grobler from Munster.
The 26-year-old will link up with the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2018/19 season, acting as a replacement for All Black lock Jeremy Thrush, who has signed for the Western Force in Australia.
At 6ft 7" and 120kg, Grobler will add a considerable physical presence to Gloucester's pack and will likely prove an astute signing following his form for Racing 92 and Munster over the last few seasons.
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 skill set are well suited to Gloucester’s style of play.
"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."
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.
"Gloucester are a club that are on the up, and I want to be part of something with the same ambitions and goals as me. I want to be part of something that is building, and spend my future here.
"The thing that excites me about this move, is joining a team with big ambitions to improve, to be consistent and build something really successful with the squad."
Grobler also spoke about the prospect of working under former Lions boss Johan Ackermann: "Working with Johan was a huge part of my decision to come to the club, I had a long talk with him once about life and how you take learnings from things. He proved to me there is hope in life.
"You can get into a dark hole, and he convinced me of a good image, and the way he talks about the way of life, people and this appealed massively to me. I can’t wait to get to work."