Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the one-year signing of South African back row Arno Botha.

The 26-year-old, currently with London Irish, will join the province at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, subject to medical clearance and obtaining a work permit.

Botha, an explosive ball carrier who plays flanker and number eight, played his entire professional career with the Blue Bulls before moving to London in January.

A former South Africa U20s captain, he featured for the Springboks on two occasions in 2013.

Commenting on the signing, Head Coach Johann van Graan said:

“In building our squad for next season I believe Arno will be a great addition to our side, adding further depth and strength to our back row options.

“From my time with the Bulls and South Africa I have first-hand experience of what Arno is capable of. A physical ball carrier and lineout jumper, he leads by example with his work-rate, commitment and physicality, and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”

Name: Arno Botha

Position: Back Row

Weight: 105kgs/16st 8lbs

Height: 190cm/6ft 3ins

Date of Birth: 26/10/1991

Place of Birth: Modimolle, South Africa