Springbok prop Pat Cilliers signs for London Irish

File:  The CEO and Director of Rugby of Western Province Rugby Paul Zacks on Monday met with the players to dispel weekend media reports alluding to the imminent 'sale/clear-out' of a number of athletes.

File: The CEO and Director of Rugby of Western Province Rugby Paul Zacks on Monday met with the players to dispel weekend media reports alluding to the imminent 'sale/clear-out' of a number of athletes.

READING, England – English Premiership outfit London Irish RFC on Tuesday announced the signing of Springbok prop Pat Cilliers.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.”