Newcastle Falcons sign Stormers lock Adriaan Fondse
Premiership bottom side Newcastle Falcons have signed Stormers and Western Province lock Adriaan Fondse.
The 28-year-old, who joined the Stormers from the Bulls in 2008, has played more than 30 times for the Cape Town-based Super Rugby franchise.
Newcastle head coach Alan Tait said: "He is really well respected in South Africa. He is a tremendous athlete.
"It now gives us more options in the second row and it will obviously increase competition."
The ex-South Africa Under-21 international will join a growing contingent of South Africans at the Tyneside club with Greg Goosen, Ashley Wells and Corne Uys already at the Falcons.
"Adriaan is a big physical man and he is a great signing for the club," said Uys, who played with Fondse at Western Province.
"He is a good ball carrier who works really hard for the team and as a person he is a nice guy - you could say he is a gentle giant."
Tait added: "He takes the ball clean from line-outs and in that area he is spot on. We have to get our line-out right so that the backs can operate with quick, clean ball.
"His defence and work-rate around the field is at a really high standard and he is up there with Tim Swinson - he's just another quality player.
"We have an owner who is desperate for this club to improve and desperate for the North East people to come back and watch this club."