Cape Town - Welsh club Scarlets says the experience of
Springbok prop Werner Kruger will prove vital to their cause.
The Scarlets on Wednesday announced the signing of the
31-year-old Kruger on a three-year deal.
He will link up with the Scarlets ahead of the 2016-17
season after completing his Super Rugby duties with the Bulls.
"We're pleased to announce that Werner will join us
ahead of the forthcoming 2016-17 season. He will further strengthen us at the
set piece and will bring vast experience having played both sides of the scrum,”
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac told the club’s official website.
"To have a player of Werner's experience available for
the whole season is something we haven't had for some time. His presence here
at Parc y Scarlets will be a huge plus for the young tightheads developing
through the region."
Scarlets general manager of Rugby, Jon Daniels, added: "Werner
is a strong addition to the squad bringing a vast amount of experience from
Super Rugby and the international stage.
“Having been informed that Rhodri Jones had made a decision
to leave the Scarlets at the end of the season it was imperative that we
recruited quality in that position to support the other tightheads in the
Kruger became the first Bulls player to earn 100 caps in
both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup in August 2015 having made his provincial
debut in 2007. He was part of the Bulls team that won both the 2009 and 2010 Super
The Bloemfontein-born tighthead represented South Africa
Under 21s on six occasions in 2005-06 before going on to represent the Emerging
Springboks (2009) and South Africa (2010 tour), winning four senior
international caps in 2011-12.