Cheetahs wing Raymond Rhule will join Western Province and the Stormers after the completion of this year’s Currie Cup.
Rhule, who has won three caps for the Springboks, confirmed the news to Netwerk24 on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old was Bok coach Allister Coetzee’s preferred choice at wing in the June international home series against France despite being deployed at outside centre for the Cheetahs.
Rhule is likely to be included in Coetzee’s Rugby Championship squad which means he will take no further part in the Free State side’s Currie Cup campaign after the weekend.
But first he will line up for his club against the Sharks in Bloemfontein for what will be his 50th Currie Cup game and final appearance for the Cheetahs, who move to the newly-revamped PRO14 next season.
And with Rhule wanting to keep his Springbok career ticking over, it is the obvious choice to remain in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Cheetahs teammates Sergeal Petersen (wing) and Oupa Mohoje (flank) have also been heavily linked with a move to the Cape side but as of yet the Stormers have not confirmed any signings.