Cape Town - English club Worcester Warriors have announced
the signing of Springbok flank Dewald Potgieter.
Potgieter joins up with his new team-mates immediately ahead
of Saturday's clash with Bath at Sixways.
Potgieter has a decorated history in his native South
Africa, having won two consecutive Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2009
and 2010, amassing 70 appearances for the Pretoria-based side.
The loose forward’s Super Rugby success coincided with him
making six international appearances for South Africa, bagging a try against
Wales at the Millennium Stadium in June 2010.
He also captained the Emerging Springboks against the
British & Irish Lions in 2009 - where he came up against Ireland legend and
current Warriors lock Donncha O'Callaghan.
The 28-year-old was also part of provincial side the Blue
Bulls, scoring ten tries in 65 appearances as they won the 2009 Currie Cup
title and 2008 and 2010 Vodacom Cup crowns.
Since 2013, Potgieter has been plying his trade in Japan for
Yamaha Jubilo, reaching the final of the Top League competition in 2014/15 and
winning the LIXIL Cup for the first time in the club's history during the same
In the 2015/16 Top League campaign, the forward helped his
side top their pool before they went on to claim third place in the competition
after losing in the semi-finals.
On his move to the Warriors, Potgieter told the club’s
official website: "I'm really excited about a new challenge in England
"Dean Ryan is building something really unique at
Worcester and it's something that really appealed to me.
"I can't wait to get started and to try and earn the
respect of my teammates and hopefully I can add something to the squad."
Director of Rugby Ryan added: "Dewald is a talented
flanker with a wealth of experience at the top level from his time in Super
"He has played with and against some of the best in the
Southern Hemisphere and his inclusion in the back row will be of huge benefit
to the pack."