Stefan Watermeyer completes Ospreys move

Stefan Watermeyer
Stefan Watermeyer has played for South Africa Under-20s

The Ospreys have signed South African centre Stefan Watermeyer.

The 23-year-old arrives from the Blue Bulls on an initial contract until the end of the season, with the option of extending the deal.

Watermeyer has played for the Bulls at all levels and has represented South Africa Under-20s, but has not been capped at senior Test level.

"It's a big move for me, but it's something I've always wanted to do, go and play overseas," Watermeyer said.

Watermeyer's planned move to the Ospreys had been held up by visa problems.

"I'm very excited to join the Ospreys. It's been a while since we first spoke about coming over back in October, there were regulations to go through, but now I'm here I just want to get on the pitch again," Watermeyer added.

There's a lot of good players here, with international exposure, who I'm looking forward to training with and trying to learn from, to understand the set-up.

"I'm here initially until the end of the season but I want to do enough to show the coaches that I can be an Ospreys player for a lot longer."

Watermeyer will have to wait to make his debut with the Welsh region, as the centre has not been registered in the Heineken Cup and Ospreys have back-to-back European games against Saracens.

Ospreys director of coaching Scott Johnson is looking forward to seeing what Watermeyer will add to the midfield, while also hoping that the centre could become Wales-qualified in time if he remains with the Ospreys for three years.

"He's going to bring typical South African resilience and grit in midfield, but there's a fair bit of skill in there as well," Johnson said.

"He's certainly an aggressive centre with a good pedigree in the game and I believe he can be a very good player not only for the Ospreys but, in the future, for Wales as well.

"We are allowed two non-capped foreigners in our squad so he joins Hanno [Dirksen] in our regulation two.

"He's young and he fits our profile. We didn't go to the market for a big name, we wanted someone who fitted our ethic.

"He has very good qualities that will I'm sure see him settling in very well at the region and having an impact."

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