X

Monday 21
October

Rugby Union

Kirsten excited for Chiefs challenge

31st July 2019, 17:02 by Simon Barlow

South African lock Jannes Kirsten has joined Exeter Chiefs from Super Rugby side the Blue Bulls on a one-year deal.

The uncapped 25-year-old, who can also play in the back row, is the sixth signing of the summer for the Sandy Park side.

Chiefs' director of rugby Rob Baxter has already welcomed Tom Price, Will Witty, Stuart Hogg, Stan South and Jordon Poole to the Premiership club.

Kirsten joined the Bulls in 2012 and he is excited about the challenge of playing for another club.

He told the Exeter Chiefs website: "I'm looking forward to the challenge. I've been waiting a while for the visa, but now that has been sorted, it's great to be here and to be part of what is a winning team.

"If you ask any South African player, they want to come here and have a taste of the Premiership.

"They want to see how they go because it's a great challenge, but one which ultimately makes you improve as a player.

"I'm expecting a more physical game here compared to that of Super Rugby.

"That will certainly fit my game, as will the quality which is very good here. For me, I like the physical battle - especially against the other pack – so I can't wait to get started."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

Jones ready for All Blacks test

21st October 2019, 00:34

Eddie Jones says England will work on exploiting New Zealand's weaknesses this week and insists they are beatable.

Rugby Union

Springboks must improve to lift World Cup - Erasmus

20th October 2019, 19:37

South Africa have been warned by coach Rassi Erasmus that they will not win the Rugby World Cup if they don't improve their play.

Rugby Union

Beaten Japan will 'get stronger' - Leitch

20th October 2019, 19:15

Captain Michael Leitch is backing Japan to continue improving after their 26-3 defeat to South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Rugby Union

Fortune favours Wales in QF win

20th October 2019, 12:06

Warren Gatland admitted Wales rode their luck but battled hard to beat France 20-19 to reach the last four of the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby Union

Cheika walks away from the Wallabies

20th October 2019, 10:42

Michael Cheika has confirmed his intention to step down from his job as Australia boss following Saturday's Rugby World Cup exit.

Rugby Union

No thoughts on England yet for Hansen

19th October 2019, 18:59

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is determined to let his men enjoy their victory over Ireland before thinking about the England clash.

Recent Sport Headlines

Everton

Walcott ready to cement place in Toffees side

21st October 2019, 03:03

Theo Walcott says he felt back to his best in the victory against West Ham and is aiming to cement his place in the Everton side.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Injury concerns stack up for Wolves ahead of Euro clash

21st October 2019, 02:27

Wolves have a number of injury concerns as they prepare to face Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday.

Liverpool

Klopp left frustrated by VAR and United tactics

21st October 2019, 01:17

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester United always set up to defend against his side following Sunday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Arsenal

Sheffield United v Arsenal team news

21st October 2019, 01:17

Sheffield United will make a late call on John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick ahead of Monday night's home game with Arsenal.

Rugby Union

Jones ready for All Blacks test

21st October 2019, 00:34

Eddie Jones says England will work on exploiting New Zealand's weaknesses this week and insists they are beatable.

Darts

Van Gerwen beats Wright in Leicester

21st October 2019, 00:33

World number one Michael van Gerwen claimed his first Champions League of Darts title, coming from behind to beat Peter Wright.

AC Milan

Donnarumma wanted by PSG

20th October 2019, 20:14

PSG are preparing to launch a fresh bid to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in January.

Borussia Dortmund

Dropping Sancho was a “disciplinary measure” – Favre

20th October 2019, 19:52

Lucien Favre says Jadon Sancho has served his punishment for lateness and is now back in contention to play.