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Exeter Chiefs snap up Botha

31st July 2014 06:33

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New Chief: Chrysander botha

Exeter are ready to unleash Namibian speedster Chrysander Botha into the Premiership after signing the international star

Botha - who joins from the Lions in South Africa - touched down at Sandy Park on Wednesday and will join up with his new team-mates next week ahead of the new 2014/15 season.

The full-back has been tracked by the Chiefs coaching team for some time and assistant coach Ali Hepher believes the arrival of the 26-year-old will give the Devon club yet another attacking weapon in their arsenal as the countdown to the new campaign looms ever larger on the horizon.

Hepher believes Botha, who was part of Namibia's squad for the last Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, will help bolster Exeter's back three options, particularly in the wake of Luke Arscott's departure to Bath during the close season.

"He's a slightly different player to what we've got already. There's hopefully a little more pace and he's an exciting runner on the ball. He's also tough defensively, which is always important at full-back," said Hepher.

"It's a slot we have been looking to fill for a little while now, we've been looking for the right person but we weren't desperate because we've got other players who are more than capable of playing in that position.

"Hopefully he will add a bit more quality there for us."

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