Paris: Stade Français have signed Argentine prop Santiago Garcia Botta as medical cover for injured South African Heinke Van Der Merwe, the club said Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Garcia Botta joins from Argentine outfit Belgrano Athletic. He has played for Argentina A three times.
Van der Merwe, widely regarded as one of the best looseheads in the French top flight, underwent surgery on a biceps problem at the end of last month.
The former Leinster front-rower, who has been capped four times by the Springboks, is expected to be out for another four months.