Munster snap up Arno Botha

Date published: May 17 2018

Munster and the Irish Rugby Football Union have announced the signing of South African back-row Arno Botha, who joins from London Irish.

The 26-year-old will link up with the province at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, subject to medical clearance and obtaining a work permit.

Botha, an explosive ball carrier who plays flanker and number eight, played his entire professional career with the Blue Bulls before moving to London Irish in January.

A former South Africa U20s captain, he featured for the Springboks on two occasions in 2013.

“In building our squad for next season I believe Arno will be a great addition to our side, adding further depth and strength to our back-row options,” head coach Johann van Graan told Munster’s website.

“From my time with the Bulls and South Africa I have first-hand experience of what Arno is capable of. A physical ball carrier and line-out jumper, he leads by example with his work-rate, commitment and physicality, and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”