Connacht sign South Africa international Marnitz Boshoff

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Connacht have signed South African international fly-half Marnitz Boshoff on a two-year deal.

Boshoff, 27, currently plays for Super Rugby side the Lions and also the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. He made his Springboks debut against Scotland in June 2014 and also represented the Barbarians in November the same year.

Boshoff told Connacht's official website: "I'm really excited about the move to Connacht Rugby and Galway. From speaking to Pat ([Lam, head coach], I have a good understanding of what the club is about and it's clear that there is a huge amount of passion and ambition there in terms of where they want to go.

"I've watched a lot of the Connacht games this season. The rugby they are playing is really exciting and I believe that I can fit in to the structure and add something as well. I can't wait to get stuck in.

"It's a big move for myself and my wife Monique but we're really looking forward to meeting everyone and settling into life in Ireland."

Head coach Lam said: "In the context of where we are and where we are planning to be, Marnitz is an important signing for our squad. A lot of time and research went into identifying the right, experienced outhalf to fit the profile we were after.

"Marnitz is not only a proven and reliable goal kicker with an outstanding kicking game, but his game management has seen the rise of the Lions in Super Rugby over the last three seasons as well as him leading the Golden Lions to Currie Cup success.

"His experience will be invaluable to our young backline and we're looking forward to welcoming him and his wife Monique to the West of Ireland."

Connacht currently sit top of the Guinness PRO12, with the Irish province winning 12 of their 17 games so far.