Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of back-rower Philip van der Walt on a three-year deal from South African Super Rugby side, the Sharks.
The 30-year-old will arrive on Tyneside in the coming weeks upon receipt of his visa.
Van der Walt played his first provincial rugby as a teenager with South Africa's Eastern Province, going on to enjoy a successful six-season spell with Free State Cheetahs, also playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs.
Spending a year in France with Biarritz, Van der Walt joined Natal Sharks the following season, captaining the side and going on to play Super Rugby for the Sharks.
Playing for Japanese club Canon Eagles prior to rejoining the Sharks for this year's Super Rugby campaign, Van der Walt spoke of his enthusiasm at becoming a Newcastle Falcons player.
"I am very excited to join the Falcons.
"I am looking forward to meeting the team, learning from their experience and contributing as best as I can.
"It is a whole new experience for my family and I. We have never been to the UK and we are looking forward to experiencing Newcastle, its people and the change in environment."