Harlequins sign Namibia captain Renaldo Bothma

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Harlequins have confirmed the signing of Namibian captain Renaldo Bothma on a long-term deal, with the 27 year-old joining from Super Rugby's side, the Bulls.

Bothma will join at the beginning of the 2017/18 season and Quins' director of rugby John Kingston commented his leadership qualities were key in bringing him to the Twickenham Stoop.

"Renaldo is one of the most destructive ball carriers in world rugby and so I am absolutely delighted to have secured his services on a long-term contract," said Kingston.

"As captain of his country, he also brings strong leadership qualities. He chose Harlequins over other options around the world and his signing is a major statement of where we want to take this great club over the coming years."

After making his international debut in 2014, Bothma helped Namibia quality for the 2015 Rugby World Cup before becoming captain in June of this year.

"I'm really excited to move to England next summer and positively impact Harlequins," said Bothma. "I've signed a long-term deal and I'm wanting to play a big role in helping grow the Club and bring it to even higher heights.

"I'm a big believer in a positive playing environment and from speaking to John Kingston, it is very clear that this is how Harlequins operates. The Club has a great vibe and there is a huge family friendly nature to it."