Eli Snyman held aloft by Trevor Nyakane (Gallo Images)
English club Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signings of three South African forwards.
Monday’s announcements came as the Tigers confirmed 10 new contracts on a big signing day.
As confirmed earlier, Springbok flank Marco van Staden joins from the Bulls, while former Bulls lock Eli Snyman will join from Italian club Benetton ahead of the 2021/22 season, as will prop Francois van Wyk from the Northampton Saints.
“Today is a very exciting day for everybody involved with Leicester Tigers,” Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick told the club’s official website.
“We are excited about the additions of Eli, Marco and Francois next season and know they will be great assets to our club.”
Snyman, 25, joined Benetton from the Bulls in 2019, while 29-year-old Van Wyk has spent the past four seasons at Northampton.
Scotland international prop Darryl Marfo has also signed a deal with Leicester, while in addition to the quartet of new faces, Borthwick also confirmed the re-commitment of six players – including former Cheetahs loose forward Jasper Wiese, England prop Dan Cole and Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo.
“To have experienced players like Dan and Nemani commit to what we are building is very pleasing and the Tigers community should be buoyed by their re-signings,” Borthwick said.
“Also, Jasper Wiese has been very impressive since arriving in Leicester this season and has earned this new contract on the back of not only his performances on the pitch, but also his commitment to the club and hard work off the field.”
As well as the experience of Cole, Nadolo and Wiese signing on with new deals, Borthwick also welcomed the re-signing of youngsters Ollie Chessum, Dan Kelly and Tigers Academy graduate James Whitcombe.
“I have spoken at length about the work we have put in behind the scenes to re-shape this squad and my want to have players who are willing to do the hard work required,” added the Tigers head coach.
“All of the players we have announced as joining or recommitting to Leicester Tigers represent those values and Ollie, Dan and James are great examples of players who are not only working hard every day to improve, but also have a great passion for this club and understand what is required to represent this club, our community and supporters.”