Carstens boost for Saracens

Springbok agrees to move from the Sharks

Last Updated: 16/04/10 2:01pm

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Carstens: Joining Saracens

Carstens: Joining Saracens

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Saracens have softened the blow of losing out on Soane Tonga'uiha by completing the signing of South Africa prop Deon Carstens.

Saracens had agreed a five-year deal with Tonga'uiha only for the Tongan prop to perform a U-turn and sign a new contract with Northampton.

However having come to an agreement with Saints that sees Tonga'uiha remain at Franklin's Gardens, Saracens have moved to sign Carstens from the Sharks.

The 30-year-old loosehead has made 80 appearances for the Natal-based franchise, while he has been capped eight times by the Springboks.

And Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter is delighted to have signed a "world-class" front row.

"Sometimes in life things just seem to work in your favour - we are delighted to have signed Deon for next season," he said.

"More than a world-class loosehead on the field, he is also an outgoing and infectious character - exactly the kind of person who will enjoy and enhance the spirit within our squad."

The Cape Town-born Carstens is relishing the chance to be part of something special at Saracens.

He said: "Everybody in rugby can see there is something special happening at Saracens, and I'm looking forward to being part of it."

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