Harlequins sign Springbok winger Ismaiel

Springbok Travis Ismaiel will ply his trade in the Premiership with Harlequins next season. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

South African winger Travis Ismaiel has signed for Harlequins from Super Rugby side Bulls, the club announced Tuesday.

Ismaiel, 27, scored on his only appearance for the Springboks in a friendly against Wales last year.

The winger made his Super Rugby debut in 2015 and he scored 50 points in 39 appearances for the Bulls.

"To be capped in such a competitive position in South Africa allied to boasting a very impressive try scoring record in Super Rugby of almost 1 in 2 is great news for the club," said Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard in a statement.

"I have no doubt he will be a huge presence on the pitch for us with his excellent aerial skills. He is fast and is a big man who enjoys running hard.

"We will look for him to work hard to get his hands on the ball as much as we can because, like all our wings, they have magic in them, and we want them to show the League why they are so special."

Gustard added that Ismaiel has also been brought in as injury cover for Nathan Earle who suffered a cruciate ligament injury in April.

"I am very excited to be joining a club like Quins with such a rich rugby history," said Ismaiel. "There is a clear excitement when speaking to Gussy with regards to the culture they have at the club and what they are looking to achieve over the next couple of seasons.

"I'm looking forward to getting to work with the boys and can't wait to contribute to the team in any way possible. Me and my family can't wait for this new chapter in our lives and we are looking forward to experiencing a new culture and way of living and I'm sure Quins is the right place to do that."

Ismaiel is one of a number of South African internationals who will play in the Premiership next season with Sale Sharks signing Coenie Oosthuizen, Robert du Preez, Akker van der Merwe and Lood de Jager.