The Bulls confirmed on Monday that star Super Rugby five-eighth Morne Steyn will join French club Stade Francais at the end of October on a three-year contract.
His agent told AFP in January that the former Springbok playmaker would be moving to Paris and a Bulls statement said Steyn will head to the French capital after playing in this season’s Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions.
“The opportunity to join Stade comes at the right time in my career. I have always wanted to play some rugby abroad and experience a different lifestyle,” said Steyn.
“I have invested so much of my life with the Bulls so it was a very tough decision to make. I owe everything I achieved in rugby to them but the chance to join Stade comes at the right time in my career.”
Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke said: “Morne will be missed as he is a world-class player but I know that he will be giving 110 per cent till the end of his contract”.
Among the leading goalkickers in the world for several seasons, 29-year-old Steyn suffered a serious slump last year and lost his place in the Springboks team to Johan Goosen.
But he has shown a return to form in early Super Rugby action, scoring 21 points against the Stormers in the opening round and 20 on Saturday against the Western Force to be joint leading points-scorer in the competition.