Tue 22 Feb 2022 | 02:00

Wasps add the bite of a Lion

Wasps add the bite of a Lion
Tue 22 Feb 2022 | 02:00
Wasps add the bite of a Lion
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TRANSFER NEWS: The Lions have lost the services of another senior player.

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Wasps confirmed the signing of South African centre Burger Odendaal, who will join the Premiership club next season from the Lions.

The 28-year-old has captained the Lions and Bulls in Super Rugby, the Currie Cup and more recently the United Rugby Championship.

Odendaal has previously worked with Wasps attack coach John Mitchell during his time with the Bulls.

The centre, renowned for his physicality and strong carries, has made over 100 appearances for the Bulls before switching to fellow South African side the Lions in 2020.

Odendaal also spent a season in Japan’s Top League in 2018/19, with Kubota Spears.

“We are delighted to be adding Burger to our squad for next season,” Wasps coach Lee Blackett said.

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“John Mitchell knows him well and recommended him after their time together at the Bulls.

“We were looking for a centre with great leadership qualities, as well as an outstanding competitor on the field and Burger ticks all of the boxes.

“Burger will bring authority and a physical edge to our midfield next season.”

Odendaal added: “I’m really excited to sign with Wasps ahead of the 2022/23 season.

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“It’s an exciting time to join the club, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and hopefully make an impact next season.

“Coventry Building Society Arena looks like a special place, and I can’t wait to play in front of the Wasps faithful.”

 

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