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Wed Apr 23 16:13:15 SAST 2014

Connacht sign Stormers back

TEAMtalk Media | 03 July, 2012 15:390 Comments
Super Rugby Rd 16 - DHL Stormers v MTN Lions
Stormers wing Danie Poolman in action during the Super Rugby Rd 16 match between DHL Stormers and MTN Lions at DHL Newlands on June 30, 2012 in Cape Town
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Irish province Connacht have bolstered their squad for next season by signing exciting centre/wing Danie Poolman from the Stormers.

With the Heineken Cup returning to the Sportsground next season Head Coach Eric Elwood continues to build and develop the team and has signed the 23-year-old South African on a three year deal.

Hailing from the famous rugby school Paul Roos Gymnasium, the powerful runner is an exciting prospect. At 1.89m and 100kg Poolman is a sizeable yet deceptively nimble centre who can also play on the wing and with the three-year deal could qualify to play for Ireland in years to come.

He will be joining a settled Connacht side which has already been strengthened Heineken Cup finalists Nathan White and Willie Faloon, as well as former international Dan Parks.

"We are delighted to be signing a young exciting prospect such as Danie who has already gained valuable Super XV experience," said Head Coach Eric Elwood.

"He's coming from a club with an excellent reputation for developing young talent and he has starred alongside some quality international players. He's a strong ball-carrier with an excellent work rate both in attack and defence and I am really looking forward to working with him."

Poolman said he was excited to be joining the Heineken Cup side.

"I am looking forward to learning from their coaches, players and structures," said Poolman.

"It will be a truly international experience, I think of Ireland as a long term goal, and I am confident I can add value to the squad for next season's league and Heineken Cup campaign.

"I am grateful and want to thank Western Province for all that I have learned and achieved, but this is really an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...to be able to experience life and rugby in beautiful Ireland! "

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