By Ali Stokes
Bath have confirmed the signing of South African loosehead prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby finalists the Lions. The 31-year-old will act as crucial cover for injured prop Beno Obano who stole the limelight last season after going from fringe player to destructive England hopeful.
Van Rooyen will compete with Argentinian prop Lucas Noguera and Nathan Catt in a frontrow plagued by injuries over the last few years.
With over 60 appearances for the Lions to his name, van Rooyen commented: “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."
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.”
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