Bok winger Breyton Paulse has not renewed his contract with French club Clermont and will return to South Africa at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old had a one year contract with Clermont with the option of extending it for a second but has opted not to take it up. He scored five tries in 12 appearances for the French side.
Paulse’s announcement comes just days after Leeds winger/centre Andre Snyman was offered a Bok contract by Jake White.
“The problem is, I played the whole of 2005 and didn’t even get three to four weeks off like the rest of the other guys in the Springbok squad,” said Paulse earlier this year, after Clermont refused him an extra 10 days holiday over Christmas.
“I am very aware I will have to look after myself carefully if I am to have a chance of making the World Cup squad, which I would like to do.
“It’s fair to say I can now absolutely understand this question of player burnout. I remember playing the whole of 2000 without missing a single game, and the same in 2001. I was very tired then.
“Managing players will be very important in the build-up to the World Cup. But the French clubs are very demanding on their players all the time, especially their foreign players.”