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    Lions pivot Boshoff off to Ireland

    2016-03-15 07:35

    Cape Town - Irish club Connacht Rugby have announced the signing of Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff on a two-year deal.

    The 27-year-old from Nelspruit has recently struggled to get into the Lions’ Super Rugby match-day squad.

    He played one Test for the Springboks against Scotland in June 2014.

    Commenting on the new recruit, Connacht CEO Willie Ruane told the club’s official website:

    “Marnitz comes to Connacht with a lot of big match experience and we’re excited about what he can bring to the squad for next season.”

    Head coach Pat Lam added: “In the context of where we are and where we are planning to be, Marnitz is an important signing for our squad. A lot of time and research went into identifying the right, experienced outhalf to fit the profile we were after.

    “Marnitz is not only a proven and reliable goal-kicker with an outstanding kicking game, but his game management has seen the rise of the Lions in Super Rugby over the last three seasons as well as him leading the Golden Lions to Currie Cup success.

    “His experience will be invaluable to our young backline and we’re looking forward to welcoming him and his wife Monique to the West of Ireland.” 

    Boshoff added: “I’m really excited about the move to Connacht Rugby and Galway. From speaking to Pat (Lam), I have a good understanding of what the club is about and it’s clear that there is a huge amount of passion and ambition there in terms of where they want to go.

    “I’ve watched a lot of the Connacht games this season. The rugby they are playing is really exciting and I believe that I can fit in to the structure and add something as well. I can’t wait to get stuck in. 

    “It’s a big move for myself and my wife Monique but we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone and settling into life in Ireland.”

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