Cape Town - Former Springbok utility back Gio Aplon has been linked with a move to Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.
The 35-year-old, who played at wing and fullback in 17 Tests for the Springboks, has represented French club Grenoble since 2014.
However, according to respected French rugby publication, Midi Olympique, Aplon has already signed a deal with Toyota Verblitz.
Verblitz will shortly be coached by former Springbok mentor Jake White, who will head to Japan after finishing his duties with Montpellier in France.
Aplon previously represented Western Province and the Stormers between 2005 and 2013.
Respected European rugby writer, Gavin Mortimer, also shared the news regarding Aplon on his official Twitter account:
On to transfer gossip & @midi_olympique says that Grenoble full-back Gio Aplon has signed a deal to join Toyota Verblitz in Japan— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) May 19, 2017