Gloucester confirm the signing of another Test level Springbok forward from the Lions.
Gloucester have confirmed the signing of 27-year-old Springbok second row Franco Mostert.
Mostert will join the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season following the conclusion of his commitments to the Lions' Super Rugby campaign.
The 18-times-capped South African will be linking up with former coach Johan Ackermann and teammates Ruan Ackermann and Jaco Kriel. Comfortable at both second row and blindside flanker, Mostert is yet another substantial addition to Gloucester's pack.
Clearly buoyant from the news of Mostert's signing, Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphries spoke earlier today: “Franco has proved to be one of the stars of Super Rugby, and we are delighted that he will be playing in Cherry and White next season.
“We know the Gloucester fans love their physical, hard-working forwards, and Franco is exactly that. He has so many quality attributes, and this is a big sign of our intent as a squad to push to the next level.
“Obviously Franco is a player that Johan is very familiar with, and Franco will know what Johan expects from his players, and he is the type of character that will fit in well to our squad.
“He is a current international, and has been captaining the Lions throughout the Super Rugby season, so he displays leadership skills that will again benefit our squad.
“With the squad looking forward to the challenges of Champions Cup rugby this coming season, we need quality throughout our squad as at times it will be tested, and Franco adds to our second-row stocks, in an area of real strength and depth.”
The Springbok lock was equally as thrilled to have signed for the Cherry and Whites. Commenting on his imminent move, Mostert said: “I’m excited about this move, because it’s a new chapter in our lives. I’m excited to learn about the English league, and also the values of my new team, and the things I’ve heard from other players are very positive. I hope to bring a new energy to the team.
“I am beyond excited to link up with Coach Akkies [Johan Ackermann] again, we have come a long way together, it wasn’t always the easy way but that is why I have so much respect for him as a coach, and as a role model. He has had a big influence on my life in more ways than one.
“I am always excited and ready for new adventures, and it is nice to have a new challenge and I like a challenge, as it pushes me to be the best and keeps me driven.”
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