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Chieka confirms Potgieter deal

06th August 2013 05:17


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Australian move: Potgieter

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has confirmed the signing of Bulls back-row forward Jacques Potgieter on a two-year deal at the Super Rugby side.

The 27-year-old Springbok will join NSW prior to the start of the 2014 Super Rugby competition, after the completion of a term in Japanese rugby.

"In building our 2014 squad I wanted to profile one of our locks as a no-nonsense, hard and strong ball carrier and tackler, experienced and hungry to add these qualities to our squad," explained Cheika.

"Jacques fits this profile perfectly and his experience in the back row also gives us extra quality in our forward depth.

"We have some excellent locks and back rows in our squad with different profiles and adding a quality recruit like Jacques to our team will definitely make for more competition within our squad, which should make us more competitive against our opponents."

Potgeiter, who played his last game for the Bulls in the Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Brumbies, will complete a season in the Japanese Top League before joining his NSW team-mates for the start of next season.

"I'm really looking forward to joining the Waratahs for Super Rugby and spending time in a great city like Sydney, he said.

"The Waratahs play a style of rugby that I really enjoy and I'm looking forward to working with Michael Cheika."

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