SA-Born prop heads to England

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:28
Large francois van wyk

NEWS: The South African-born prop Francois van Wyk has join Premiership side Northhampton Saints from Super Rugby franchise the Western Force.

The 25-year-old loose head  represented his hometown club Western Province having come through the academy setup in Cape Town, South Africa.

Also educated at the University of Cape Town, van Wyk made the switch to Perth in 2014 and has played 12 times for the Force in Super Rugby, providing a powerful presence.

"We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen from Francois in Super Rugby over the past couple of seasons," director of rugby Jim Mallinder commented. "He’s a strong scrummager and still relatively young for a front row forward.

"We believe that Francois has plenty of potential to continue improving and are pleased that he will be joining us at Franklin’s Gardens next season,"

Van Wyk is the Saints’ sixth signing for next season, joining Rob Horne, Cobus Reinach, Piers Francis, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Mitch Eadie in penning deals with the club.

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