Munster have signed lock Jean Kleyn from the Stormers on a three-year contract.

The 22-year-old South African became a key player with Western Province before going on to secure regular game-time with Super Rugby side the Stormers from 2014, making 17 appearances.

In making the move to Munster, Kleyn will join up with for Stormers coach and SARU high performance manager Rassie Erasmus and former Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber, whom he worked with during his time at the Cape Town franchise.

The 6’ 8” second row will join the province in August subject to being granted a valid work permit.

Commenting on the news, Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said: “Jean is a hugely exciting prospect and a great addition to the province. 

“I’ve seen his development first hand and with Jacques’ extensive knowledge of him we are all up to speed on how Jean can contribute to the squad. 

“A naturally athletic player we believe he will add further value to the pack and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”