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Saints sign Super Rugby prop

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Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Western Force prop Francois van Wyk for the 2017/18 season.

The 25-year-old loose head is South African-born and represented his hometown club Western Province having come through the academy setup in Cape Town.

Also educated at the University of Cape Town, van Wyk made the switch to Perth in 2014 and has played 12 times for the Force in Super Rugby, providing a powerful presence with his 17st 13lb frame.

“We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen from Francois in Super Rugby over the past couple of seasons,” director of rugby Jim Mallinder commented. “He’s a strong scrummager and still relatively young for a front row forward.

“We believe that Francois has plenty of potential to continue improving and are pleased that he will be joining us at Franklin’s Gardens next season.”

Van Wyk is the Saints’ sixth signing for next season, joining Rob Horne, Cobus Reinach, Piers Francis, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Mitch Eadie in penning deals with the club.