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Potgieter heading to NSW

The Waratahs have confirmed the signing of South Africa lock Jacques Potgieter on a two-year contract from 2014.

The 27-year-old Bulls hard-man will join NSW prior to the start of next year's Super Rugby competition, following the completion of a season in Japanese rugby.

"In building our 2014 squad I wanted to profile one of our locks as a no-nonsense, hard and strong ball-carrier and tackler, experienced and hungry to add these qualities to our squad," coach Michael Cheika said on

"Jacques fits this profile perfectly and his experience in the back row also gives us extra quality in our forward depth.

"We have some excellent locks and back rows in our squad with different profiles and adding a quality recruit like Jacques to our team will definitely make for more competition within our squad, which should make us more competitive against our opponents."

Potgieter, who has won three caps for the Springboks, played his last game for the Bulls in the Super 15 semi-final loss to the Brumbies.

"I'm really looking forward to joining the Waratahs for Super Rugby and spending time in a great city like Sydney," he said.

"The Waratahs play a style of rugby that I really enjoy and I'm looking forward to working with Michael Cheika."

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