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Ambitious London Irish nab 113kg Springbok prop Cilliers

London Irish have made promotion intentions clear with the signing of Springbok prop Pat Cilliers.

The 31-year-old, who is joining from Leicester, has played for a host of top clubs including Montpellier, as well as South African Super Rugby outfits the Sharks, Lions and Stormers.

On the international stage he played for the Emerging Springboks against the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and won six full caps for South Africa.

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Cilliers, who is comfortable playing on both sides of the scrum and has a 186cm, 113kg frame, has played 26 times for the Tigers over the past two seasons.

Director of rugby Declan Kidney hailed it as an important signing in a key position ahead of the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

“The Championship is a tough league and we need experienced forwards in our squad to meet the challenges in front of us,” he said. “Pat fits the bill – he’s played at the top level of the sport for a number of years and will be a good signing for us.”

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Ambitious London Irish nab 113kg Springbok prop Cilliers