Kitshoff returns to South Africa
Kitshoff returns to South AfricaSHARE
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.