Exodus: 9 players leaving South Africa after the Rugby World Cup
Rugby union’s once-every-four-year migration from south to north will take place once again when the dust settles on the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France – and before it in some cases.
While it must be said that there has been some welcome traffic in the other direction too, here we look at nine players that set to leave to South African franchises for Europe ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Siya Kolisi – Racing 92
Easily the biggest exit, Siya Kolisi will be taking his talents to France’s Racing 92. Currently injured, Kolisi’s move to one of France’s most prestigious clubs was effectively an offer the World Cup-winning captain couldn’t refuse. Locked in a race against
Thaakir Abrahams – Lyon
Thaakir Abrahams, a promising young talent, will be making his way to France’s Lyon. The Sharks flyer who has been likened to Cheslin Kolbe will be joining fellow new recruit, Semi Radradra, who has also signed with the Rhone club for the next season.
Carlü Sadie – Bordeaux
Giant Sharks’ prop Carlü Sadie is set to join Bordeaux. It’s the 26-year-old’s second stint in France after spending time with Stade Francais previously. The move to Bordeaux will allow the 138kg prop to further hone his skills and whilst making a name for himself in European rugby.
Thomas du Toit – Bath
Bok tighthead Thomas du Toit has set his sights on England’s Bath were he will link up with head coach Johann van Graan. Known for his size and strength, du Toit has quite been able to establish himself in a Springbok shirt yet, but time is on the 28-year-old’s side.
Henco Venter – Glasgow Warriors
Sharks back-row forward Henco Venter is set to don the colors of Scotland’s Glasgow Warriors. Venter’s relentless work rate and physicality have earned him plaudits in South Africa.
Steven Kitshoff – Ulster
Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff will be joining Irish province Ulster Rugby after the Rugby World Cup. The Stormers’ prop, known for his scrummaging and powerful ball-carrying ability, will bolster Ulster’s front-row resources.
Ernst van Rhyn – Sale Sharks
Ernst van Rhyn, a versatile forward, is set to join England’s Sale Sharks. Van Rhyn’s ability to play across the back row and lock positions makes him a valuable addition to any team. His move to Sale Sharks will provide him with the opportunity to test himself against some of the best in the English Premiership.
Thembelani Bholi – Valence Romans
Veteran lock Thembelani Bholi is set to embark on a new journey with France’s Valence Romans in the ProD2.
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