Cheslin Kolbe has confirmed that he will be departing French giants Toulon at the end of the season amid speculation that the Springbok could move to Japan.
Toulon on Monday brought weeks of speculation to an end by officially confirming Kolbe’s departure.
The 29-year-old still had a year left on his three-year deal, but the two parties have decided to go their separate ways by mutual consent.
Kolbe recently helped Toulon win the European Challenge Cup with a Man of the Match performance against the Glasgow Warriors.
“The Rugby Club Toulonnais would like to thank Cheslin for his involvement with the Rouge et Noir since his arrival during 2021-2022,” the club said on its website.
“The entire RCT team wishes Cheslin Kolbe the best for the future and an excellent World Cup, which he will prepare with the Springboks at the RCT Campus.
“Cheslin Kolbe will be honored during the end-of-season Garden Parties organised this Monday and Tuesday at the RCT Campus.”
Toulon added that the former DHL Stormers speedster would soon reveal his future destination, amid reports that he could be set to join Japan’s Suntory Sungoliath.
“I would like to thank the club, my teammates and all the supporters for the opportunity given to me to play in Toulon during these two seasons and which I appreciated very much,” Kolbe added.
“I would have liked to stay in Toulon, but the financial constraints of the clubs and the injuries made things difficult.”
Kolbe joined Toulon in 2021 from rivals Toulouse, after winning a Champions Cup and Top 14 double with the Red and Blacks.
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