Pro12: Anton Bresler ready to take on best after Edinburgh move

Anton Bresler is ready to take on the best players in the northern hemisphere after Edinburgh confirmed his signing from the Sharks

By Gareth Llewellyn

Anton Bresler is ready to take on the best players in the northern hemisphere after Edinburgh Rugby confirmed his signing from the Sharks.

The 26-year-old Namibia-born lock is the latest southern hemisphere player to be picked up by head coach Alan Solomons after last week’s signing of Kiwi centre/outside-half Phil Burleigh from the Highlanders.

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

Anton Bresler

Bresler joins up with his new team-mates at Murrayfield after the conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season, where the Sharks lie second ahead of this weekend’s match against the Cheetahs, and he could qualify for Scotland through residency if he completes his three-year deal in 2017.

“When I first heard there was interest from Edinburgh Rugby and Alan Solomons, I immediately did some research to build up my knowledge of the country and the club,” Bresler told Edinburgh Rugby’s website.

“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.”

The former Durban High School pupil, who came through the ranks with the Sharks, has become a regular in the second row since making his Super Rugby debut in 2011, but shoulder injuries in 2013 and 2014 have cut short his progress and he missed Natal’s 2013 Currie Cup win.

While Bresler is expected to return from his latest shoulder injury this weekend, Solomons believes he will be a huge asset for the Gunners in an area they struggled with last season.

“Anton is a player who, despite being just 26, has been a regular in the Sharks starting line-up for the past three to four years,” said Solomons

“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 lineout jumper and I would describe him as more of an enforcer lock.”

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