Connacht bolster squad with South African out-half

Marnitz Boshoff joins from Super Rugby's Lions

Marnitz Boshoff, Connacht

Lions' Marnitz Boshoff ©INPHO/Photosport/Clay Cross

Connacht have announced the capture of South African outhalf Marnitz Boshoff for next season.

The 27-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the western province where he will provide cover to the likes of Jack Carthy and Craig Ronaldson.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam says that the province put "a lot of time and research" into identifying the player that would suit their needs and says that Boshoff is "a proven and reliable goal kicker" whose "experience will be invaluable" to the Connacht back-line.

Speaking to the Connacht official website, Lam said: "In the context of where we are and where we are planning to be, Marnitz is an important signing for our squad. A lot of time and research went into identifying the right, experienced outhalf to fit the profile we were after.

"Marnitz is not only a proven and reliable goal kicker with an outstanding kicking game, but his game management has seen the rise of the Lions in Super Rugby over the last three seasons as well as him leading the Golden Lions to Currie Cup success.

"His experience will be invaluable to our young backline and we’re looking forward to welcoming him and his wife Monique to the West of Ireland."

Boshoff has been at Johannesburg-based Lions in Super Rugby for the last three years and has won South Africa cap.

On making the move, he commented: "I’m really excited about the move to Connacht Rugby and Galway. From speaking to Pat (Lam), I have a good understanding of what the club is about and it’s clear that there is a huge amount of passion and ambition there in terms of where they want to go.

"I’ve watched a lot of the Connacht games this season. The rugby they are playing is really exciting and I believe that I can fit in to the structure and add something as well. I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“It’s a big move for myself and my wife Monique but we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone and settling into life in Ireland."