Gcobani Bobo will make a move to English Premiership club Newcastle.
The Stormers and Western Province utility back will join players such as Carl Hayman and Jimmy Gopperth at the Falcons in time for the start of their 2009/10 campaign. Bobo admitted he will miss his home province, but he needed a new venture.
‘I’ll certainly miss the camaraderie here in South Africa,’ said Bobo, ‘but it’s an exciting and new challenge for me.’
Bobo said he chose the Premiership side ahead of other European destinations due to his familiarity with the country.
‘I’ve always enjoyed England, having been there a few times on tour, and without trying to sell other countries short I felt it would be an easier move to make in terms of fitting in, speaking the language and knowing the players I will be playing with and against,’ he said.
‘The Premiership is a tough league and the European competitions are a great way to see new places and experience new cultures. The nice thing, however, is that I will continue to test myself against some of the world’s top players – only in a different environment.’
Club director Steve Bates was delighted with the signing.
‘Gcobani adds further significant international class to our backline, and we are delighted he has chosen to come to Newcastle. He is a player with vast Super 14 experience who has stepped up to full Test level, and his mixture of power, pace and running lines will see him as a key part of our midfield armoury.
‘The ability to play on the wing also gives us further options, and the arrival of such a quality international name just goes to demonstrate the ambition within this club for next season and beyond.
‘Having captained Western Province during the 2008 Currie Cup he has already shown his leadership credentials, and we look forward to his arrival for the start of the season.’