The Scarlets have welcomed another overseas arrival after finalising contracts with South African second row Johan Snyman.
The 26-year-old powerful lock forward has joined Llanelli from the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth on a three year contract, and is expected to arrive within a month.
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby wanted to bring in another second row to add to summer signings South African George Earle, Argentinian Tomas Vallejos and Welsh-qualified Aussie Jake Ball.
It completes a busy recruitment drive by the West Wales region, who have also snapped up Golden Lions tight-head prop Jacobie Adriaanse as well as former Ospreys Kristian Phillips and Gareth Owen.
Snyman stands at an imposing 6ft 7in and 18st 12lb and has the same agent as Earle and Adriaanse.
He was a member of the South African Under-19 side that won the IRB Junior World Championship and has had spells with Natal Sharks, Golden Lions and New Zealand province Hawke’s Bay.
Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby said he was delighted to have secured Snyman.
“To be competitive at the top end of Europe, we need strength, power and consistency from our pack and the ability to deliver at a high level in set-piece play,” he said.
“This is another key signing for us and we’re delighted to have secured Joe to join us at Parc y Scarlets.
“We made a commitment last season to recruit in key areas and with our new signings we are also mindful of the impact they will have on the development of players we have coming up through our system.
“It also adds to the healthy level of competition within our squad which will further drive and motivate performance across the squad. Different experiences and input from players in the southern hemisphere can only have a positive impact and add to the energy here.
“Last weekend’s result and performance was a good illustration of the importance of a strong forwards platform for our backs to deliver from, and we were encouraged by how we took to the field against Leinster and executed our game plan.
“Our aim has been to secure players that complement our existing squad; to add to and enhance the talent and experience we have here and that fit with our ambitions over the next two to three years. We will have a big group of internationals away at key times in our league campaign, so it’s important to have depth and consistency here.
“We have been working closely with the WRU to ensure the players we recruit contribute to the development of Welsh rugby as a whole. They need to be fully committed to our values as a rugby region and have real ambitions to achieve within Welsh rugby and our three competitions – the Heineken Cup, RaboDirect PRO12 and LV=Cup.”
The Scarlets will look to build on their impressive start to the RaboDirect Pro12 campaign when they take on Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Friday evening (7.35).