Edinburgh have today completed the signing of Anton Bresler from Super Rugby team The Sharks
The 6ft 7in, 17st 11lb lock forward has been regular for the Sharks since 2011, and regarded as something of an enforcer.
The aggressive second-row had started the opening five matches for The Sharks this season before he injured his shoulder against the Bulls in March.
He is expected to return to Super Rugby this weekend in time to support the club’s push for a home play-off.
He will move to the Capital with his wife Kelly.
The 26-year-old told he club’s website: “When I first heard there was interest from Edinburgh Rugby and Alan Solomons [head coach] I immediately did some research to build up my knowledge of the country and the club.
“I read about some big wins and some narrow losses against some of the top teams in the competitions and it struck me as a chance to join a club that’s moving in the right direction and where hopefully, together, we’ll be able to push on and do some great things.
“I’m really excited. I’ve always wanted to compete with the best, and this is a fantastic opportunity to take on the top players of the northern hemisphere.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Edinburgh said Bresler’s signing will complete the second-row recruitment by coach Alan Solomons where he joins Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist; Scotland A capped Fraser McKenzie and Ollie Atkins; and promising twin brothers Alex and Ben Toolis.
Solomons said: “Anton is a player who, despite being just 26, has been a regular in The Sharks starting lineup for the past three to four years.
“The Sharks are probably South Africa’s strongest franchise and are currently second in Super Rugby, which allows us to appreciate the quality of Anton as a player.
“He is a big, powerful and abrasive player. He’s a front of the lineout jumper and I would describe him as more of an enforcer lock.”