Connacht Rugby have bolstered their squad for next season by signing exciting centre Danie Poolman from the Stormers.

With the Heineken Cup returning to the Sportsground next season, head coach Eric Elwood continues to build and develop the team and has signed the 23-year-old on a three-year deal.

Pretorius born Poolman has excelled for the Cape Town-based team in an international backline that includes Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Gio Aplon.

Hailing from the famous Paul Roos Gymnasium rugby school, the powerful runner is an exciting prospect who already has serious rugby pedigree, scoring a try in Western Province's victory in the VodaCom Cup final.

At 6ft 2in and 15st 10lb, Danie is a sizeable yet deceptively nimble centre who can also play on the wing and could qualify for Ireland in years to come.

Poolman's signing is further indication of the hard work that is going on off the pitch to strengthen the depth of this Connacht side for the rigors of the league and their second Heineken Cup campaign.

Speaking about the signing Head Coach Eric Elwood said: "We are delighted to be signing a young exciting prospect such as Danie who has already gained valuable Super XV experience.

"He's coming from a club with an excellent reputation for developing young talent and he has starred alongside some quality international players.

"He's a strong ball-carrier with an excellent work rate both in attack and defence and I am really looking forward to working with him."

Danie added: "I am very excited to be joining up with Connacht! I am looking forward to learning from their coaches, players and structures.

"It will be a truly international experience, I think of Ireland as a long term goal, and I am confident I can add value to the squad for next season's league and Heineken Cup campaign.

"I am grateful and want to thank Western Province for all that I have learned and achieved, but this is really an once-in-a-lifetime be able to experience life and rugby in beautiful Ireland!"