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Mouritz Botha signs for Sharks

The 32-year-old leaves Premiership Saracens after five-and-a-half seasons.

FILE:England's lock Mouritz Botha (C) passes the ball during a training session at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 10, 2012, on the eve of their rugby union 6 Nations tournament match against England. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Sharks have signed England international lock Mouritz Botha for the next two seasons of Super Rugby, the team announced on Friday.

The 32-year-old, who was born in South Africa but moved to England in 2004, leaves Premiership Saracens after five and a half seasons.

"Mouritz is a great acquisition for the Sharks and his experience gained at international level will be hugely beneficial to our squad. He will add significant value and depth to our tight five," Sharks chief executive John Smit said.

Botha made his England debut in 2011, making 10 appearances in all for his adopted country.

"Saracens will always be important to me, and it's difficult to leave so many friends... but the Sharks are trying to build something special in Durban.

"This will be a great rugby challenge for me and a great adventure for my young family," Botha told his former team's website.

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