Jan Serfontein is the leading name of several overseas-based Springboks linked with a return to South Africa at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old Springbok centre, who has racked up over 100 appearances for French giants Montpellier since moving to Europe from the Vodacom Bulls in 2017, is among the star names who are reportedly eager to come back home to South Africa.
Sunday newspaper Rapport has added JD Schickerling, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Ruan Ackermann and Springbok No 8 Jasper Wiese to a list of players who may be plying their trade for one of the local franchises next season.
The Sharks have been in contact with Wiese’s representatives, but the Leicester-based loose forward also has a big-money offer on the table from French club Stade Francais.
Director of rugby Neil Powell and head coach John Plumtree are eager to overhaul the Sharks squad by getting rid of underperforming players and reducing their reliance on the often-unavailable Springboks.
A heavy defeat to the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld means that the Sharks have won just one game out of seven this season and are one point off the bottom of the table.
The Sharks are reportedly keen to bring in the likes of Jenkins, who last played for the Springboks in 2018, and the uncapped Gloucester loose forward Ackermann.
The Vodacom Bulls could also join the race to bring some of the overseas-based South Africans back, as director of rugby Jake White is keen to continue strengthening his squad, after their sensational start to the season.
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