Cheetahs lock George Earle will leave the Bloemfontein-based franchise at the end of the Super Rugby season after signing a three-year deal with the Scarlets
Earle has played in nine Super Rugby matches this season and has impressed with his work in the line-outs and in open play.
Scarlets coach Nigel Davies is delighted that Earle is joining the Welsh region and is excited to work with the 25-year-old, who has also represented Western Province, the Lions and Griquas.
“This is a significant signing for the Scarlets, George is in his prime as a player and is ambitious to make a mark over here,” he told the Scarlets’ official website.
“He will bring a tough edge and different set of experiences from his career in Super 15.
“He gives a new dimension to our second row options and we know we need to enhance and strengthen our set piece play going into the big competitions next season, particularly in Europe.
“This is an important and exciting new addition to the Scarlets squad for next season.
“He’s really looking forward to joining the group of players here at Parc y Scarlets, and keen to get his first taste of northern hemisphere rugby and make an impact in the league and European competitions.
“It’s key to have secured a quality second row, who at 25, has enough experience but also plenty to give and hunger to achieve over the next three seasons at Parc y Scarlets.
“He’s an aggressive and focused player with a high work rate and has the ability to add a real edge to our game,” added Davies.
Earle is hoping that by joining the Scarlets he will have a chance to be considered for the Welsh national team - once qualified to play for his adopted country on completion of the three-year residency period.