Kitshoff returns to South Africa

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:28
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NEWS: Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff has confirmed that he will break his contract with Bordeaux Bègles at the end of the season and will be heading back to South Africa.

The 25-year-old prop has been contemplating his Bordeaux's exit since June 2016 but his decision was eventually spurred on by the latest overseas-based Springboks' policy, which stipulates only foreign-based Springboks with more than 30 test caps will be eligible for selection.  

The policy will come into force from July 1, allowing players - like Kitshoff with only 10 caps - to return to South Africa should they wish to be considered for Springbok selection after the Test series against France in June.
The policy - similar to the 50-Test limit employed by Australia - replaces the existing situation where any player eligible to play for South Africa could be picked at the discretion of the Springbok coach.