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London Irish sign Van der Linde
ESPN Staff
December 12, 2013
Prop CJ Van der Linde in action for the Springboks, South Africa v New Zealand, Tri-Nations, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, August 16, 2009
CJ Van der Linde will be with the Irish for the rest of the season © Getty Images

South Africa's World Cup-winning prop, CJ Van der Linde has signed for London Irish for the remainder of the season.

"CJ is a 70-plus cap Springbok and has been brought in to replace Halani Aulika as a starting tighthead," explained director of rugby Brian Smith. "He's a world class scrummager and will bring a lot of experience and composure to our pack, particularly at scrum time.

"His arrival is timely as we look to re-establish ourselves as a dominant scrum in the Premiership. I know Glenn Delaney and Phil Keith-Roach are keen to work with [him]."

Van der Linde, 33, made his debut for the Sprinkboks in 2002, going on to win 75 caps between 2002 and 2012.

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