Durban - The Sharks have announced the signing of English international lock Mouritz Botha, who has signed a two-year contract with Durban-based franchise.
Botha was born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal and currently plays for Saracens in the English Premiership. After helping Saracens win the 2011 Premiership, he made his debut for England off the bench, in their 23–19 victory over Wales ahead of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
He also featured for England in 2012 in both the Six Nations and in all three Test matches on England's tour of South Africa, starting the first two and coming off the bench for the third. He has since accumulated over 110 caps for Saracens as well as making a total of 10 Test match appearances for England.
“Mouritz is a great acquisition for the Sharks and his experience gained at international level will be hugely beneficial to our squad. He will add significant value and depth to our tight five," Sharks CEO John Smit said via a press statement on Friday.
“We look forward to welcoming him to Durban.”
Botha will join the Sharks on January 1, 2015.
Player Profile: Mouritz Botha
Date of Birth: January 29, 1982