Bath have officially confirmed the signing of Springbok flank Francois Louw from Western Province.
Hailing from Cape Town, Louw will join Bath in November, on a three year deal. The flank has become an integral part of the Super Rugby Stormers side over the last two seasons, and has represented Western Province over 60 times.
The 26-year-old has made seven appearances for South Africa since his debut against Wales in 2010, and he has scored two tries in that short time.
Highly regarded for his defensive and breakdown skills, Louw will provide Bath with a powerful back row option.
Commenting on the signing, director of rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan said: "Francois is an outstanding player and character who will add to, and complement, the squad at Bath. We are all very impressed with his qualities and are looking forward to working closely with him."
Louw added: "Whilst I am hopeful of playing my way into the Springbok squad for the forthcoming Tri-Nations and World Cup, I am very excited to be joining a side with such a prestigious past and exciting future as Bath.
"I'm looking forward to working hard and competing for a place in the team, in what is a very competitive squad, and helping Bath to become a real force, both in domestic and European competitions."
Rob Wagner, managing director of Western Province commented: "Francois has been an integral part of the Stormers and WP squads. A true modern professional, his athletecism and presence on the pitch has been matched by his commitment and passion for team and brand off the field. We wish him all the best at Bath and thank him for his loyalty and time in the Western Province."
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