21 Jul 2009

Jean de Villiers to join Munster

6:00 am on 21 July 2009

The Munster rugby club has announced the signing of South African centre Jean de Villiers.

The 28-year-old will join the Irish province at the conclusion of South Africa's involvement in the Tri-Nations competition after agreeing terms.

It only remains for de Villiers' provincial side Western Province to agree to the player's request for an early release from his contract.

The 2008 South Africa Player of the Year is contracted until the end of October.

De Villiers has won 46 caps for the Springboks, scoring 85 points.