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Springbok Olivier is on board

Worcester Editorial 23rd Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER Warriors have secured the signature of South Africa international and World Cup winner Wynand Olivier.

The powerful centre joins up with his new team-mates this week and could make his Warriors debut against Wasps at Sixways on Saturday.

The 32-year-old has won 38 Springboks caps and was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2007, making three appearances during the competition.

At club level, Olivier was a key component of a successful Bulls side in his home country from 2005 to 2013 as he tasted both Super Rugby and Currie Cup success with the province.

He then moved to France for two seasons with Montpellier, making 38 appearances and featuring alongside new Warriors prop Na’ama Leleimalefaga.

And Olivier, who featured in the Barbarians side which edged past Warriors 43-35 earlier this month, said he was looking forward to staking his claim for a regular starting spot at Sixways.

“Sixways is an exciting place to be with all the changes and developments taking place,” he said.

“The vision of the club is something that appeals to any professional athlete and I can’t wait to compete for my place in the squad.

“I want to help push Warriors to be successful in the Aviva Premiership.”

Director of rugby Dean Ryan said he was delighted to add more experience to his squad having already captured former Ireland international Donncha O’Callaghan and Fijian lock Tevita Cavubati.

“Wynand is another example of a player that brings international and European experience which is essential to the balance of a successful squad,” Ryan said.

“He will add competition to places in the centre while also being able to contribute to the development of some of our youngsters.”

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