Harlequins have confirmed the signing of powerhouse prop Maks van Dyk on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 28-year-old joins the Club from reigning French Top14 Champions Toulouse, bolstering Harlequins’ propping options for the duration of the disrupted 2019/20 season, serving as injury cover for new signing Craig Trenier and soon-to-arrive Springbok Wilco Louw.
A product of the famous Paarl Boys’ High School in South Africa and a IRB Junior World Championship winner with the South African U20 side in 2012, van Dyk joins Quins having spent the last four years in France, with experience playing for reigning Pro14 champions Leinster, the Barbarians as well as the Natal Sharks, Griquas and Cheetahs in South Africa.
Commenting on his move to The Stoop, van Dyk said: “I really like the atmosphere of this team and we’ve got really good coaches.
“I was a big fan back in 2009 of Adam Jones when the British and Irish Lions came back to South Africa, he had a huge tournament; and the intensity of Jerry [Flannery], it’s really good.
“The guys here know how to switch on, and they know how to switch off off the field and make jokes – but when it’s go time, we do it. It will be really great to experience Premiership Rugby and I’m looking forward to competing for Harlequins.”
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1. Ruan Ackermann – Gloucester (South Africa)
His Dad Johan Ackermann, who departed as Gloucester boss for Japan earlier this month, confirmed that his son will be staying with the Cherry & Whites to persue international honours, and has already been in contact with Eddie Jones. The imposing number eight qualify for England on residency grounds in August 2020 — just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.