Exeter Chiefs have added a third new face for next season with the acquisition of powerhouse South African forward Aidon Davis.
The 27-year-old follows Leinster duo Jack Dunne and Rory O’Loughlin in sealing a move to Sandy Park, arriving in Devon from the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs.
A former South African Schools and Junior Springbok loose forward, Davis has played the majority of his rugby in his native homeland, but he did enjoy a two-year stint in France, where he played for both Toulon and Bayonne.
Davis, represented South Africa at the World Rugby Junior Rugby World Championships in 2013 and 2014, played for the Eastern Province Kings and also represented the Southern Kings in the Super Rugby before heading to Europe.
After returning from Europe in 2018, Davis has featured for the Cheetahs in the Guinness Pro14 and Currie Cup, underlining his credentials as a hard-working forward who is not afraid of getting stuck into the physical demands of the modern-day game.
“I can’t wait to be part of the Chiefs,” said Davis when asked his latest move. “I’ve been watching them for quite a while, competing in the Premiership and the Heineken Cup, so it’s a great move for me.
“It will be my first taste of playing in England, but from what I have seen and chatting with Rob [Baxter] about the whole move, it’s something that really excites me. The Premiership and the Heineken Cup are probably the best competitions in the world right now, so it’ll be good to challenge myself in that environment.”
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