Gloucester have confirmed the signing of Springbok tighthead prop Ruan Dreyer from the Lions.
In addition to their announcement of signing Springbok second row Franco Mostert earlier today, Gloucester have confirmed the addition of Mostert's club and national teammate Ruan Dreyer. The tighthead prop is the third Springbok forward to sign for Gloucester from the Lions this season, joining backrow Jaco Kriel and Mostert as fresh faces around Kingsholm.
Linking up with former coach Johan Ackermann and his son and former Lions teammate, Ruan. Dreyer earned the first of his four Springbok caps against France last summer, having previously toured Europe in 2014.
Director of Rugby David Humphries was keen to highlight the importance of the role Dreyer would play for Gloucester next season: “We know that successful Premiership teams are built upon a dominant pack and a strong platform up front, and Ruan’s signing, along with the other additions we’ve made to the squad, will help us to achieve that.
“He’s a player who Johan knows very well from their time together with the Lions, and with Ruan’s Super Rugby and International experience, we’re very excited to see the impact that Ruan can make at Gloucester Rugby.”
The talented tighthead himself also commented on the news of his signing earlier today:
“I’m very excited to come over and play for Gloucester Rugby, it is a new challenge and a different environment ,it also allows for much more time spent with my Wife, Zonica and baby Boy, Anru, and that’s very important for us.”
“I’m looking forward to build myself and test my skills ,especially in the tight phases, as it is usually more physical rugby being played in the UK, I’m looking forward to be part of the new squad, especially building a team culture on and off the field.
Having spent the entirety of his career in South Africa, Dreyer is keen to experience a new rugby environment.
“Personally I’ve not really played lots of rugby in the UK," said the 27-year-old, "But the weather is different and that has a big influence on the type of game being played, I’m looking forward to adapting when the cold and wet weather arrives.
“I’m very excited to play under coach Johan again, he is a really good coach, and his people skills are probably among the best of the coaches out there, he’s a people person and he will always put the team and its players first.
“He will always be honest with you, and you will always know where you stand, that makes it such a pleasure playing under him.
“Gloucester is a small city with lots of loyal rugby supporters that stands behind their team. Obviously it will be nice playing alongside Ruan [Ackermann] and Jaco [Kriel] again, and I’m looking forward to meet the new team mates and all the new characters in the squad.”
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