Stormers centre EW Viljoen has agreed to join the Leicester Tigers for the 2019-20 Premiership season.
The 24-year-old made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut in 2017 and has since had 28 appearances for the Cape Town-based franchise.
After an injury-marred couple of years, Viljoen has struggled to find his way back into the Stormers’ starting lineup, mostly playing in the Provincial Rugby Challenge, and so has opted to move north to kickstart his career again.
‘The chance to represent a club like Leicester Tigers is one I could not pass up and I’m very excited about the challenge of playing in the Premiership,’ Viljoen said.
‘I want to play my role and make a contribution to getting Tigers back to where a club of their history and tradition belongs, which I believe Geordan Murphy is building towards.
‘It’s an exciting chance to experience northern-hemisphere rugby and I can’t think of a better place to be able to do that than Welford Road.’
Viljoen is the eleventh new signing of the summer and joins countryman Jaco Taute as a new addition to the club.
EW Viljoen has agreed terms with Leicester Tigers and will join the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) July 2, 2019
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