Kings hooker Michael Willemse has signed a two-year deal with Edinburgh.
The 26-year-old will join his new side at the end of the current Pro14 campaign.
‘I’m truly ecstatic to be joining such a prestigious club with such a rich history,’ Willemse said. ‘It’s an awesome opportunity for me to progress my rugby career. It’s easy to see the professionalism as well as the upward curve that the team and squad are currently undergoing.
‘Working with [Edinburgh head coach] Richard Cockerill is something that I’m really looking forward to. I have no doubt that he will have a positive influence on my personal game and I look forward to learning as much as possible.’
The former Western Province, Stormers and Junior Boks hooker joined the Kings in 2017 and has made 36 appearances for them, scoring five tries.
‘Mike has got a lot of experience in Super Rugby. He’s a very competent hooker who plays in the style of Stuart Mclnally,’ Cockerill said.
‘He’s all action, very good over the ball and extremely dynamic. Similar to the South African boys already in the team, we expect him to make a big impression on the squad.
‘We’re delighted to have him. We’ve got a good selection of Scottish hookers, but Mike is a guy who’ll be with us all year round and will no doubt push everybody to the next level.’