Bresler leaving the Shark Tank
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:54
I've always wanted to compete with the best
Edinburgh revealed the signing of powerful and athletic Sharks lock Anton Bresler, on a three-year deal.
The Namibian-born second row forward, who stands 198cm (six feet, six inches) tall and weighs 112kg (17 stone, nine pounds), is a product of the KwaZulu-Natal and Sharks academy set-up.
He has been a regular enforcer for South Africa's leading Super Rugby franchise since his 2011 debut, making 39 appearances.
The aggressive second row forward had started the opening five matches for the Sharks this season, before he injured his shoulder against the Bulls in March.
He is expected to return to Super Rugby this weekend in time to support the franchise's push for a home play-off.
Bresler, who moves to the capital with wife, Kelly, said: "When I first heard there was interest from Edinburgh and Alan Solomons [head coach] I immediately did some research to build up my knowledge of the country and the club.
"I read about some big wins and some narrow losses against some of the top teams in the competitions and it struck me as a chance to join a club that's moving in the right direction and where hopefully, together, we'll be able to push on and do some great things.
"I'm really excited. I've always wanted to compete with the best, and this is a fantastic opportunity to take on the top players of the northern hemisphere.
"I'm really looking forward to it."
Bresler's recruitment completes the club's second row stable - with the Namibian competing with recent Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist; Scotland A capped Fraser McKenzie and Ollie Atkins; and promising twin brothers Alex and Ben Toolis, for a place at lock.
The Edinburgh coach, Solomons, added: "Anton [Bresler] is a player who, despite being just 26, has been a regular in The Sharks starting lineup for the past three to four years.
"The Sharks are probably South Africa's strongest franchise and are currently second in Super Rugby, which allows us to appreciate the quality of Anton as a player.
"He is a big, powerful and abrasive player. He's a front of the line-out jumper and I would describe him as more of an enforcer lock.
|South African news|
|» Folau expects running of the Boks|
|» Serfontein wants more ball|
|» No grey areas for Bok scrum|
|» Europe goal for Bok trio|
|» 'Frantic' Wallabies seek momentum|