Leicester sign South African back-row forward Wessel Jooste


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Leicester have confirmed the signing of South African back-row forward Wessel Jooste.

Jooste, 31, won under-19 and under-21 honours for South Africa, and he moves to Welford Road from French club Bourgoin, where he spent seven seasons.

He joins Tigers following the recent injury-enforced retirements of Ben Woods and Craig Newby.

"Wessel is a big man, a good ball-carrier and can play right across the back-row and in the second-row," Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill said.

"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."