In January of this year, Ulster Rugby announced the signing of Blues forward Arno Botha at the end of this season’s Super Rugby competition.
However, according to Netwerk24, the northern province have decided not go ahead with the signing as they consider it too much of a risk to sign the 25-year-old.
Botha sustained a knee injury for the Bulls when playing in New Zealand last month and although the loose forward is set to make a return to action this weekend, Les Kiss and his coaching staff sought an independent medical opinion which recommended a cancellation of the signing.
Botha was one of the brightest prospects in South African rugby but a torrid injury record has hampered his progress in recent seasons. In 2013, he tore knee ligaments while playing for the Springboks before injuring the same knee again in 2014. In 2015, a pectoral muscle injury ruled him out for some time before dislocating his shoulder at the end of last season.
It seems that there was a clause in the original contract offered to Botha which stated that he must be medically fit to join the Belfast outfit and the recommendation from the independent medical opinion has now engaged that clause which is unfortunate for both the player and Ulster.
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