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Wessel Jooste the man for Leicester

Published 26/09/2012

Wessel Jooste spent seven seasons at French club Bourgoin
Wessel Jooste spent seven seasons at French club Bourgoin

Leicester have confirmed the signing of South African back-row forward Wessel Jooste.

Jooste, 31, won under-19 and under-21 honours for South Africa, and he moves to Welford Road from French club Bourgoin, where he spent seven seasons. He joins Tigers following the recent injury-enforced retirements of Ben Woods and Craig Newby.

"Wessel is a big man, a good ball-carrier and can play right across the back-row and in the second-row," Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill said. "He has played a lot of his rugby in France and has captained Bourgoin. We believe he will be a good signing for us and will complement the other guys we've got in the squad."

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