Harlequins have confirmed the signing of tighthead prop Maks van Dyk for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
The 28-year-old Van Dyk joins the English club from reigning French Top14 champions Toulouse on a short-term deal.
The acquisition of Van Wyk bolsters Harlequins’ propping options for the duration of the disrupted 2019-20 season, serving as injury cover for new signing Craig Trenier and soon-to-arrive Springbok Wilco Louw.
A product of Paarl Boys’ High and a Junior World Championship winner with the South African U20 side in 2012, Van Dyk joins Quins having spent the last four years in France, with experience playing for reigning PRO14 champions Leinster, the Barbarians as well as the Sharks, Griquas and Cheetahs in South Africa.
Commenting on his move to The Stoop, van Dyk said: ‘I really like the atmosphere of this team and we’ve got really good coaches.
‘I was a big fan back in 2009 of Adam Jones when the British & Irish Lions came back to South Africa, he had a huge tournament and the intensity of Jerry [Flannery], it’s really good.
‘The guys here know how to switch on, and they know how to switch off off the field and make jokes – but when it’s go time, we do it. It will be really great to experience Premiership Rugby and I’m looking forward to competing for Harlequins.’
Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard said: ‘We’re delighted to announce that Maks will join us for the remainder of the current season.
‘We were in need of another tighthead prop, and as a Top14 winner with Toulouse and a Junior World Championship winner in his youth, Maks’ pedigree and experience speaks for itself.
‘Alongside Simon Kerrod and Will Collier, Maks provides great cover in the short term as injury cover for Craig Trenier and while we await the arrival of Wilco from South Africa as we head towards the 14th of August.’
☀️ Summer rugby in England was too good to turn down for @maksvandyk.
👋 Reunited with some familiar faces.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) August 6, 2020