Lions fullback joins Exeter

The Exeter Chiefs have signed Lions fullback Chrysander Botha ahead of the new Premiership season.

Botha touched down at Sandy Park on Wednesday and will join up with his new teammates next week.

Botha has been tracked by the Chiefs coaching team for some time and assistant coach Ali Hepher believes the arrival of the 26-year-old will give the Devon club yet another attacking weapon in their arsenal. Hepher believes Botha, who was part of Namibia's squad for the last World Cup in 2011, will help bolster Exeter's back-three options, particularly in the wake of Luke Arscott's departure to Bath during the off-season.

'He's a slightly different player to what we've got already. There's hopefully a little more pace and he's an exciting runner on the ball. He's also tough defensively, which is always important at fullback,' said Hepher. 'It's a slot we have been looking to fill for a little while now, we've been looking for the right person but we weren't desperate because we've got other players who are more than capable of playing in that position. Hopefully he will add a bit more quality there for us.'

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