De Villiers completes Munster switch
July 20, 2009
Springboks star Jean de Villiers will grace the Magners League next season © Getty Images
Springboks centre Jean de Villiers is set to join Munster later this year after agreeing a switch to the Magners League side.
The 28-year-old, capped 48 times by South Africa, will link up with the Irish province in mid-September following the conclusion of this year's Tri-Nations if an early release can be agreed with his current side Western Province.
The current Magners League champions, who have also claimed the Heineken Cup crown twice in the last four years, expect the 2008 SA Player of the Year to arrive ahead of the European Rugby Cup registraton deadline September 17.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald confirmed that the South African Rugby Union are aware that the player intends to further his career outside of South Africa and it now only remains for Western Province to agree to De Villiers' request for an early release from his existing contract which is due to expire on October 31.
De Villiers is currently in camp with South Africa ahead of their Tri-Nations opener with New Zealand in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The Springboks play their last Tri-Nations fixture against New Zealand in Hamilton on September 12.