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Ospreys secure Steenkamp services

Ospreys have announced the signing of South African lock forward De Kock Steenkamp from Super Rugby side Stormers.

Steenkamp has signed a three-year deal with the Ospreys after the club secured an early release from his Stormers contract, which had a year left to run.

The 27-year-old will bring considerable experience to his new team, having made 49 Super Rugby appearances since making his Stormers debut in 2010, as well as helping Western Province reach consecutive Currie Cup finals in 2012 and 2013 .

"Joining the Ospreys is a great opportunity for me and a challenge that I can't wait to get stuck into," Steenkamp told the club's official website.

"Looking around the place and talking to people there really made me excited about signing.

"Hopefully I'll be able to link up with the squad soon and play a part in helping to make sure the Ospreys remain the best side in Wales as well as one of the best in Europe."

Steenkamp, who is 1.97m tall and weighs 112kg, is the Ospreys' ninth signing of the summer and provides a welcome boost to the team's second row after Ian Evans and Ryan Jones both left to join Bristol.

"He's a natural leader, a combative character, and will be a real asset to the Ospreys," the club's rugby general manager Andrew Millward said.

"He is a typical South African second row - physical, tough and a natural competitor - who will add to the options available to us in his position."

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