Super Rugby

Lions confirm Faf de Klerk departure

Faf de Klerk (Gallo Images)
Faf de Klerk (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - The Lions have confirmed that they have released scrumhalf Faf de Klerk to the Sale Sharks.

De Klerk will join the Sharks at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season. 

"Faf is still very important in our Super Rugby campaign as he plays a vital role in our squad system. The player made a personal request to be released to further his career abroad and we felt we couldn’t stand in his way while we also couldn’t match the offer he received," said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company.

De Klerk joined the Lions in 2014 and has 58 Super Rugby appearances under his belt which includes 12 tries (60 points). 

De Klerk was full of praise for the Lions and his time with the union.

"I have loved every minute with the Lions and will miss the camaraderie with my brothers," he said.

"It is a special bunch of players that are more than team mates to me and is thankful for the opportunity the Lions gave me. 

"I am fully committed to the Super Rugby campaign for the rest of the season."

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