Connacht have announced the signing of Springbok fly-half Marnitz Boshoff on a two-year deal.
The South African, currently playing for Super Rugby franchise the Lions is a major coup for the western province and will allow Jack Carty and AJ MacGinty to develop alongside a hugely experienced 27 year old.
With 29 Super Rugby caps and a single cap for South Africa, Boshoff is the latest in a list of high-profile southern hemisphere signings, following in the footsteps of Kiwis Jake Heenan, Craig Clarke and Bundee Aki.
Pat Lam had this to say on the coup.
“In the context of where we are and where we are planning to be, Marnitz is an important signing for our squad. A lot of time and research went into identifying the right, experienced outhalf to fit the profile we were after,” he said.
“Marnitz is not only a proven and reliable goal kicker with an outstanding kicking game, but his game management has seen the rise of the Lions in Super Rugby over the last three seasons as well as him leading the Golden Lions to Currie Cup success.”
Commenting on the move himself, Boshoff said:
“I’ve watched a lot of the Connacht games this season. The rugby they are playing is really exciting and I believe that I can fit in to the structure and add something as well. I can’t wait to get stuck in.
“It’s a big move for myself and my wife Monique but we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone and settling into life in Ireland.”