Gloucester Rugby has signed South African international second row forward Quinton Davids for the 2005/06 season. The official website rounds up the details and more signings.
The 29 year-old has five caps for South Africa and has made 37 appearances for Super 12 side the Stormers.
The 6ft 7" forward, who has been a regular for the Investec Stormers and Western Province teams in recent seasons, will join up with Gloucester from 1 November after the completion of the South African club season.
The 18 stone lock has signed a one-year contract with Gloucester, with the option to extend for both parties for two more years towards the end of the 2005/06 season.
The Kingsholm club has also signed up Mark Cornwell on a new one-year contract. The 32 year-old is currently in his testimonial year at Gloucester, and has made more than 185 first team appearances since his debut in the 1994-95 season.
Wing James Bailey, who joined Gloucester from Bristol last summer, has also signed a new one-year contract.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk Quinton Davids said: "There's no doubt that Gloucester is one of the most famous rugby clubs around. They've got a strong reputation and tradition and the contract gives me an opportunity to prove myself in the Premiership.
"It's up to me to prove myself, and my ambition is to win a trophy with Gloucester. I know Jake Boer from South Africa, and have seen the quality players that Gloucester already have. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Quinton Davids Profile: Position: Second row
Date of birth: 17.08.75
Previous clubs: Western Province and Stormers
International hons: South Africa (5 caps)
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