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Edinburgh seal short-term deal for South African ace Steenkamp


Edinburgh have signed South African back-row Ruan Steenkamp on a short-term deal from Super Rugby side Vodacom Bulls.

The former South Africa Under-20s captain joins the club subject to a medical and will provide cover during the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Steenkamp, 26, who has played both flanker and number eight for the Super Rugby side, said: "I'm really honoured to join Edinburgh Rugby and I can't wait to link up with my new teammates.

"I know a lot about the club having spoken to the South African boys in Scotland and I'm hugely privileged to have been given the chance to represent such a historic side.

"This will be my first time travelling to Scotland, so I can't wait to make the most of this opportunity while sampling a new and exciting rugby culture."

Head coach Richard Cockerill revealed his enthusiasm for the man from Krugersdorp.

He said: "Ruan is a hard running and abrasive back-row player that plays with a real edge.

"He has all the qualities that you look for in a flanker while his physicality brings a different dynamic to our pack. We're really happy to have him on board.

"We will obviously be short handed in the back-row in the early stages of the season due to World Cup selection, so to have a player of Ruan's quality adding depth to the squad is a real coup for the club.

"He has shown in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup that he has the ability to turn a match in your favour - whether that is through his carrying or tenacity in defence - so we can't wait to see what he'll bring to this club."

Belfast Telegraph