South African flyhalf Louis Strydom has signed for the French Top 14 team Bayonne.
News 24 reports that the 28-year-old joins from Johannesburg’s Golden Lions, where he has played since 2007 and for whom he featured in four Currie Cup matches, scoring 10 points.
Strydom, who will begin training with his new teammates on Monday, will provide an alternative to the Australian veteran Manuel ‘Manny’ Edmonds, who has been heavily relied upon since the start of the year.
The other flyhalves in the squad, Daniel Larrechea and Mathieu Maillard, have failed to convince coaching duo Jean-Phillipe Coyola and Thierry Mentieres.
Bayonne have also prolonged the contract of front row forward Pierre-Philippe Lafond. He joined the club from Brive in the summer of 2007 and is now contracted to the Basque club until 2012.
Sharksworld Note: Earlier reports indicated that the Cheetahs were in talks with Strydom to join them.Tweet