Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of forward Wessel Jooste from French club Bourgoin.
Jooste made 179 appearances in seven seasons with Bourgoin after being capped at U19 and U21 level for South Africa.
The 31-year-old made his Tigers debut as a replacement in Monday's Aviva Premiership 'A' League fixture against Gloucester and arrived at the club following the retirement of both Craig Newby and Ben Woods.
Leicester's director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Wessel is a big man, a good ball carrier and can play right across the back row and in the second row.
"He has played a lot of his rugby in France and has captained Bourgoin. We believe he will be a good signing for us and will complement the other guys we've got in the squad."