Bothwick said: “We are excited to have someone of his experience, ability and character join us in Leicester.

“Francois has played top-flight rugby in both hemispheres and will add vital depth to our front row ranks at Tigers from next season.

“Our conversations ahead of his signing have been very impressive and what has shone through has been his willingness to contribute to what we are building at Leicester Tigers and his passion to be a member of our club.

“As we continue to re-shape this squad, people of his character are as important as what they contribute on the pitch.”

“When Steve told me the Tigers were interested in me, I thought it would be a great opportunity,” Van Wyk said.

“His ambition for the club was very impressive and it played a big part in my decision. The way he spoke about the players and people at the club was inspiring, it was a done deal for me after speaking to him.”