Saracens have announced the signing of South African lock Chris Van Zyl, who joins from Super Rugby side the Stormers.
The 32-year-old second row will provide vital cover for the reigning Premiership champions during the Autumn International window, with both Maro Itoje and George Kruis recreating their club combo in England's starting XV.
Born in Cape Town, van Zyl didn’t start his professional career in the traditional way, studying a degree in chartered accountancy whilst playing Varsity Cup rugby.
Following the completion of his studies, the South African needed to complete several articles in Johannesburg and juggled them with playing for the Golden Lions.
In 2015, he headed back home to link-up with the Stormers and has gone on to captain both the Super Rugby franchise and WP.
Van Zyl will look to combine with Saracens' current locking options Will Skelton, Dominic Day and Joel Kpoku.
Meanwhile, the London-based club are also without their third English international in the engine room, with Nick Isiekwe currently sidelined with ankle ligament damage.
Saracens return to Gallagher Premiership action next weekend against Sale Sharks, following their Premiership Cup game against Worcester Warriors.