Stormers lose lock

The Newcastle Falcons have officially announced the signing of Stormers and WP lock Adriaan Fondse.

The English club confirmed the news on Saturday and the former SA U21 lock will arrive in Newcastle on Monday evening. The 28-year-old joined WP from the Bulls in 2008 after spending six years at the Pretoria union. Fondse will meet fellow South Africans Greg Goosen, Ashley Wells and Corne Uys at the Newcastle Falcons.

‘He is a great player who is really well respected in South Africa and we’ve sealed another top notch second row – He is a tremendous athlete,’ said head coach Alan Tait. ‘It now gives us more options in there and it will obviously increase competition.’

The news comes after WP director of coaching Rassie Erasmus confirmed last week that the union will not sign any forwards heading into the 2012 Super Rugby campaign. Erasmus feels the team will be well equipped with a full-strength squad, which includes the likes of Andries Bekker, Rynhardt Elstadt, De Kock Steenkamp and Hilton Lobberts in their second row ranks.