Sharks sign Kees Lensing

2006-05-04 18:48

Johannesburg - The Sharks have signed Leeds Tykes and former Blue Bulls prop Kees Lensing.

Lensing signed a three year deal with the Sharks which will see the Namibian international commence his relationship with the Sharks in June.

With 10 Super caps under his belt for the Bulls, Kees comes with a solid pedigree and is no stranger to local conditions and competition. Lensing played Craven Week for NW Cape in 1995/6 and also represented the Griffons (47 caps) and Eastern Province (30 Caps).

Lensing represented Namibia at the Rugby World Cup in 2003, going on to record 10 Test match appearances, and moved to the Bulls where he played Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup rugby in 2004 before making his Super 12 debut in 2005.

Lensing's move to Leeds Tykes at the end of last year's Currie Cup season was lamented as a big loss to the Bulls. Lensing went on to play alongside South Africans Andre Snyman, Rayno Gerber and Roland de Marigny, but with Leeds being relegated at the end of the domestic season, he has exercised the opt-out release clause in his contract.

"They are not really the enemy, because I was with EP for two years before I moved to the Bulls so I was here for Super 12 training camps".

"I'm really looking forward to it, and being back in South Africa. The conditions here are much better and I always wanted to play with John (Smit) and BJ (Botha), so here I am!"

"The performances of the Sharks this year made the decision so much easier for me," Lensing said.