Leicester Tigers will welcome Cyle Brink to the club ahead of the 2020/21 season after agreeing a move for the South African back-rower.
The 26-year-old, who was selected as part of the Springboks squad in 2018, will make the move to Leicester from Johannesburg after four seasons with The Lions in Super Rugby and six as a member of the Golden Lions in South Africa’s Currie Cup.
Brink attended King Edward VII School in his home nation which boasts alumni including former Springboks Bryan Habana and Joe van Niekerk as well as current South African international Malcolm Marx.
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We will welcome Cyle Brink to the club ahead of the 2020/21 season after agreeing a move for the South African back-rower from The Lions in Super Rugby.
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The back-rower was a member of the Springboks Under-20s squad that finished runners-up at the Junior World Championship in 2014.
Speaking about the signing of Brink, Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy was upbeat about the acquisition of the versatile forward.
“Cyle [Brink] is a physical, athletic and exciting talent, who can play across the back-row” said Murphy.
“He has stood out for The Lions in the competitive environment of Super Rugby and Currie Cup over recent seasons and we look forward to welcoming him to Leicester ahead of next season.
“Cyle will add valuable depth to our back-row stocks, which will only see the competition for places in the side upped.”
Full list of 2020–21 Gallagher Premiership transfers
This is a list of player transfers involving Premiership Rugby teams before or during the 2020-21 season.
Players out: Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Sam Nixon (Bayonne)
Players in: Semi Radradra (Bordeaux), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mitch Eadie (Northampton Saints), Max Malines (Saracens – loan), Ben Earl (Saracens – loan)
Players out: Jordan Crane (retiring), Aly Muldowney (retiring), Mat Protheroe (Ospreys), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys)
Players out: Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors), Nic White (Brumbies)
Players in: Louis Rees-Zammit (promoted from Academy), Jordy Re
Players out: Callum Braley (Benetton), Aaron Hinkley (Exeter Chiefs)