Faf de Klerk is reportedly linked with a big-money move to Japan, while Stormers-linked Lood de Jager may yet be swayed by the yen over the rand.
Japan’s rugby union season kicks off on Friday with big ambitions, tongue-twister team names and a rebrand that has left some fans wondering which version of the sport they will be watching.
Former Australia international Blake Ferguson has been fired by NEC Green Rockets without playing a game after being arrested in Tokyo on drug charges.
All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie will leave the New Zealand Chiefs franchise, based in Hamilton, to join Suntory Sungoliath in Japan, the Japanese franchise announced on Monday.
Makazole Mapimpi made his debut for the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes on Saturday, with the Springbok wing only featuring in the first half of a pre-season game against the Shimizu Blue Sharks.
Beauden Barrett will play for Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath in 2021 as part of a sabbatical in his four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby.
Johan Ackermann says he still hopes to coach at an international level after leaving Gloucester for the Red Hurricanes in Japan.
Sunwolves flyhalf Garth April has extended his stay in Japan after signing a deal to join Top League side Shimizu Blue Sharks.
Former Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan has turned down an approach from the Kings in favour of a move to Japan with the Red Hurricanes.
Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen has revealed how a fortunate encounter with a good samaritan enabled him to return home after initial fears of being stranded in Japan.