Bath sign van Rooyen from Super Rugby finalists Lions

Jacques van Rooyen has just joined Bath. (AFP pic)

BATH: Bath have signed South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby’s Lions, the Premiership club have announced.

The 31-year-old made more than 60 appearances for the Lions since starting his career at the Johannesburg-based team in 2014. He started in last weekend’s Super Rugby final in Christchurch, where the Lions lost 37-18 to the Crusaders.

“I’m really looking forward to testing myself in the Northern Hemisphere and playing for a club with a great deal of ambition going into the new season,” van Rooyen said.

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder said van Rooyen was a great addition.

“He’s proven himself in Super Rugby and will bring a great deal to the squad both at the set piece and with ball in hand,” Blackadder said.

Bath take on Bristol in their season opener on August 31.