We will know by the end of the week whether World Player of the Year Pieter Steph du Toit is to move to a stint of unknown duration in Japan.
The No 7 flank and Springbok captain in one test is said to be on the verge of signing a two-year deal to play for Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League, where he will join fellow-test captains and loose forwards, New Zealands’ former skipper Kieran Read and the Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper.
World-winning fullback Springbok Willie Le Roux is also on the Verblitz books
Du Toit, who has been out of action for more than a year with doctors at one stage fearing that he might need a leg amputation, had been linked with a number of clubs in both the Top 14 and Premiership in 2020, but it seems that he ha opted for the Japanese competition, a haven for many Springboks in recent years.
Fellow Springboks Duane Vermuelen, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Kwagga’ Smith, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Malcolm Marx, Jesse Kriel and Makazole Mapimpi of the World Cup winning squad have all played in the Japanese Top League since the 2019 World Cup.
It has been reported that WP Rugby may consider the option of a ‘sabbatical’.
This would mean that Du Toit could spend some time playing in Japan before returning to Cape Town.