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Bath sign South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from the Lions

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 17: Jacques Van Rooyen of the Lions and Thomas du Toit of the Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on February 17, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

English Premiership side Bath have signed South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby finalists the Lions.

The 31-year-old started the Super Rugby final in Christchurch on Saturday, when the Lions suffered a 37-18 defeat to the Crusaders.

Van Rooyen has made more than 60 appearances for the Johannesburg-based Lions, making his debut four years ago.

He will enhance Bath’s front-row strength and competition for the loosehead position after they lost England hopeful Beno Obano to an injury earlier this year that could see him miss the entire 2018-19 campaign.

“We are really pleased to bring someone in of Jacques’ calibre in time for the new season,” Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder told the club’s official website.

“He has proven himself in Super Rugby and will bring a great deal to the squad, both at the set-piece and with ball in hand.”



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