READING, England – English Premiership outfit London Irish RFC on Tuesday announced the signing of Springbok prop Pat Cilliers.
Pat Cilliers moved from Leicester Tigers to London Irish.— Ali Stokes (@alistokesrugby) July 10, 2018
Tigers' tighthead depth has gone from sublime to patchy over an off season. Losing Mulipola and Cilliers is a real spanner in the works. Even more pressure on Dan Cole this season.
The 31-year-old, who is joining from Leicester, has been operating at the top end of the club and international game for a decade, with time spent at Montpellier as well as South African Super Rugby, outfits the Sharks, Lions and Stormers.
On the international stage, he played for the Emerging Springboks against the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and won six full caps for South Africa.
-- We caught up with new signing @Pat_Cilliers to get his thoughts on the season ahead as he settles into life at @HazelwoodCentre --— London Irish (@LiRFC) July 10, 2018
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Cilliers, who is comfortable playing on both sides of the scrum and has a 186cm, 113kg frame, has played 26 times for the Tigers over the past two seasons.
Director of rugby Declan Kidney says that this is an important signing in a key position ahead of the 2018/19 Championship campaign.
“The Championship is a tough league and we need experienced forwards in our squad to meet the challenges in front of us,” he said. “Pat fits the bill – he’s played at the top level of the sport for a number of years and will be a good signing for us.”
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