Two more Super Rugby regulars will leave South African shores to take up French contracts on conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season, according to reports.
Cheetahs number 8 Philip van der Walt – only 24 and just the sort of player one would expect to come strongly into the national reckoning – has opted to continue his career with Biarritz in the South West of France. Van der Walt apparently turned down a move to the Sharks (who are themselves losing two stalwart loose forwards to Japan later this year) in order to take up the French offer.
Stormers (and former Sharks) prop Pat Cilliers is apparently also moving on, heading to Montpellier.
Currently well under Heyneke Meyer’s radar, Cilliers clearly believes that playing in the same team as Wynand Olivier will help him move back into the national selection frame, since Meyer is clearly far more likely to watch them than he is the Stormers.Tweet