Munster sign South Africa back row Arno Botha

Munster have signed South African back row Arno Botha on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old, who has been capped twice by South Africa, will join the Irish province at the beginning of next season, subject to medical clearance and obtaining a work permit.

Botha was signed by London Irish in January. Prior to that, he played his entire professional career with the Blue Bulls.

He came close to joining Ulster 12 months ago but the move was called off when he failed his medical.

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Botha joins a growing South African contingent at Munster that also includes CJ Stander, Chis Cloete, Jean Kleyn and Jaco Taute, as well as academy players Kenyan Knox and Matt More.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has previously worked with Botha at both the Bulls and South Africa and is looking forward to doing so again at Munster.

Van Graan said: “In building our squad for next season I believe Arno will be a great addition to our side, adding further depth and strength to our back row options.

“From my time with the Bulls and South Africa I have first-hand experience of what Arno is capable of.

“A physical ball carrier and lineout jumper, he leads by example with his work-rate, commitment and physicality, and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”