The Sharks this morning confirmed the signing of former Western Province lock Ross Skeate on a two-year contract, effective 1 July.
The 27-year-old Skeate, who stands just a fraction over 2 metres tall and weighs 114 kg, left South Africa at the end of the 2008 season to join RC Toulon in the South of France, after a career that saw him represent Western Province and the Stormers a combined 80 times. The former SACS schoolboy came up through the ranks of Western Province and Springbok age-group rugby, representing South African Schools in his matric year (2000) and the South African under 19s and 21s thereafter.
His highest representative honours have come playing for the Emerging Springboks on their tour of Romania in 2007.
Skeate will add some needed bulk and experience to the Sharks second row, which is looking a little thin following the departure of Johann Muller to Ulster. While Gerhard Mostert is expected to return to fitness soon, the possibility of Alistair Hargreaves having an extended run with the Springboks during the Tri-Nations leaves the Sharks in the unenviable position of having Steven Sykes as the only fit, experienced lock in the Currie Cup squad and it was no doubt felt that a player of Skeate’s experience would be sorely needed.
Welcome to Durban, Ross. We hope you have a successful stay.Tweet