Aviva Premiership: South Africa prop CJ Van der Linde joins London Irish
Last Updated: 12/12/13 2:34pm
CJ Van der Linde agrees to join London Irish for the remainder of the season
London Irish have signed leading South Africa forward CJ Van der Linde for the remainder of the season.
The tighthead prop moves from the Golden Lions and will join up with the Premiership club next week.
Van der Linde, who played against England in the 2007 World Cup final, has earned 75 caps for the Springboks.
He made his debut against Scotland at Murrayfield in November 2002, following his education at well-known rugby school Grey College in Bloemfontein.
Standing 1.90m tall and weighing 122kgs, the imposing prop forward has represented Free State Cheetahs, the Cats and Stormers at Super Rugby level, and also had a spell with Leinster during the 2009/10 season.
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith said: "CJ is a 70-plus cap Springbok and has been brought in to replace Halani Aulika as a starting tighthead.
"He's a world-class scrummager and will bring a lot of experience and composure to our pack, particularly at scrum time.
"His arrival is timely as we look to re-establish ourselves as a dominant scrum in the Premiership.
"I know Glenn Delaney and Phil Keith-Roach are keen to work with a World Cup winning tighthead."