Wednesday 28 September 2016

Munster confirm singing of South African second row Jean Kleyn

Published 25/07/2016 | 11:21

South African-born Jean Kleyn of the Stormers. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images
South African-born Jean Kleyn of the Stormers. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Munster Rugby have conformed the signing of South African lock Jean Kleyn from the Stormers on a three-year deal

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The 22 year-old has made 17 appearances with the Stormers and represented Western Province on 22 occasions. He is the first acquisition made by the province since Rassie Erasmus assumed the role of Director of Rugby.
 
From 2012 the South African native steadily progressed through the Western Province ranks establishing himself as a key player, before going on to secure regular game-time with Super Rugby side, the Stormers, from 2014.
 
In making the move to the province Kleyn joins his former Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber who he would have worked closely with during his time at the Cape Town franchise.
 
The 6’ 8” second row will join the province in August subject to being granted a valid work permit.
 
Commenting on the news Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said, “Jean is a hugely exciting prospect and a great addition to the province.  I’ve seen his development first hand and with Jacques’ extensive knowledge of him we are all up to speed on how Jean can contribute to the squad.  A naturally athletic player we believe he will add further value to the pack and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”

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