English Premiership outfit Wasps have announced the signing of Lions centre Burger Odendaal for next season.
Renowned for his physicality and strong ball carrying, the 28-year-old has captained the Lions and Vodacom Bulls in Super Rugby, having made over 100 appearances for the latter before switching to the former in 2020.
Odendaal also spent a season in Japan’s Top League in 2018-19, with Kubota Spears, and has previously worked with Wasps attack coach John Mitchell at the Bulls.
✍🏻 We are delighted to confirm the signing of South African centre Burger Odendaal, who will join the Club next season from the Emirates Lions… #FutureReady
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) February 22, 2022
“I’m really excited to sign with Wasps ahead of the 2022-23 season,” he told the Wasps’ official website. “It’s an exciting time to join the club, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and hopefully make an impact next season.
“Coventry Building Society Arena looks like a special place, and I can’t wait to play in front of the Wasps faithful.”
Coach Lee Blackett added: “We are delighted to be adding Burger to our squad for next season. John Mitchell knows him well and recommended him after their time together at the Bulls.
“We were looking for a centre with great leadership qualities, as well as an outstanding competitor on the field and Burger ticks all of the boxes.
“Burger will bring authority and a physical edge to our midfield next season.”