Friday 31 March 2017

Connacht announce the signing of Springbok international out-half

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 15: Marnitz Boshoff of the Lions during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Lions at Vodacom Park on February 15, 2014 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 15: Marnitz Boshoff of the Lions during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Lions at Vodacom Park on February 15, 2014 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

They may be losing Robbie Henshaw at the end of the season but Connacht will also be gaining an international after announcing the signing of Springbok out-half Marnitz Boshoff.

Boshoff has excelled for the Lions in Super Rugby since joining the team in 2013 and the playmaker was given his only international cap to date against Scotland in 2014.

Boshoff has played at fullback for his club too, which gives the province more options in constructing their backline. This news will go some way to offsetting Connacht's disappointment at losing Robbie Henshaw to Leinster, although it is a curious move given the westerners already have AJ McGinty, Jack Carthy and Craig Ronaldson to cover the position.

“In the context of where we are and where we are planning to be, Marnitz is an important signing for our squad," Connacht coach Pat Lam said on the Connacht website.

"A lot of time and research went into identifying the right, experienced out-half to fit the profile we were after.

“Marnitz is not only a proven and reliable goal kicker with an outstanding kicking game, but his game management has seen the rise of the Lions in Super Rugby over the last three seasons as well as him leading the Golden Lions to Currie Cup success.

“His experience will be invaluable to our young backline and we’re looking forward to welcoming him and his wife Monique to the West of Ireland.”

Boshoff joins on a two-year deal at the start of the next season.

 

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