Munster sign South African lock Jean Kleyn

Munster have confirmed the signing of second row Jean Kleyn from Stormers. Kleyn, 22, will join the Guinness PRO12 side on a three-year deal from August, subject to a work permit, after spending two years in Super Rugby.

The 6ft 8in lock made 17 appearances for Stormers, while also establishing himself as a regular for South African side Western Province in the Currie Cup. The South African native will link up with defence coach Jacques Nienaber at Munster, who he worked with at Western Province.

Kleyn in action this past season.
Kleyn in action this past season.

“Jean is a hugely exciting prospect and a great addition to the province,” said Munster director of rugby Massie Erasmus.”I’ve seen his development first hand and with Jacques’ extensive knowledge of him we are all up to speed on how Jean can contribute to the squad. (He is) a naturally athletic player (and) we believe he will add further value to the pack and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”

Munster begin the new PRO12 campaign with a trip to Scarlets on September 3.

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