Rugby: Bakkies Botha to join Toulon club in France

2011-03-08 00:00

TOULON — Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has signed a three-year deal to join big-spending French club Toulon after the Rugby World Cup.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal told regional newspaper La Provence that Botha, who currently plays for the Blue Bulls, “is perfectly fitting Toulon’s criteria, which means that he is a high-power lock”.

Botha is the latest high-profile signing of Toulon, which already has 2003 World Cup-winning England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, Wales centre Gavin Henson and Argentina centre Felipe Contepomi in its team.

Australian star Matt Giteau has also signed a deal to join the club after the 2011 World Cup.

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