Worcester Warriors can look forward to next season with optimism considering they should be safe from relegation to England’s second-tier.
Despite losing away to London Irish at the weekend, the Sixways outfit still hold a 12 point lead over Irish who are rooted to the bottom of the table.
With just six regular rounds remaining, the Warriors are all but safe and they have bolstered their ranks with the signing of seven-time capped Springbok Francois Venter from the Cheetahs.
The Cheetahs are known for their exciting brand of rugby, and the addition of Cheetahs head coach, Rory Duncan, to the Warriors next season should see some expansive rugby being played at Sixways.
Venter will join the club on a two-year deal, with the 26-year-old having made over 50 Super Rugby appearances for the Cheetahs and the Bulls.
Bloemfontein-born Venter has also represented the Barbarians, Emerging Springboks and South Africa Under 20s.
Venter said: “It’s a very exciting step for me to make the move to England and play in the Aviva Premiership for Warriors.
“Rory Duncan has been a great coach for us at the Cheetahs and having the opportunity to continue to work alongside him and also Alan Solomons, is something I’m looking forward to.
“But for now I want to focus my attention on Saturday’s match and the rest of our Guinness Pro 14 campaign.
“I’d like to thank the Cheetahs for a great few years and I’ll continue to wear the jersey with pride.”
Warriors Director of Rugby Solomons added: “Francois is a fantastic player and we are thrilled to be bringing him to Sixways.
“He is an experienced international and I have no doubt that he will play a big role at Sixways.”