Bok star Pieter-Steph to make debut for Japanese club

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Pieter-Steph du Toit. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
Pieter-Steph du Toit. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)

Springbok star Pieter-Steph du Toit will make his debut for Japanese club Toyota Verblitz when they tackle Suntory Sungoliath on Sunday.

Du Toit started training with his new team in December after signing from the Stormers.

The shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for large parts of 2021 appears to be a thing of the past as he was picked to start in the No 6 jersey this weekend.

Du Toit, the 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year, underwent shoulder surgery last year which saw him miss the Springboks' Rugby Championship campaign and their year-end tour to the United Kingdom.

He returned to action earlier in 2021 after being sidelined since early 2020 with a serious injury that almost saw him lose his leg.

The 29-year-old was initially set to join Irish club Munster, before the big money move was vetoed by the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Elsewhere, South African Lionel Cronje starts at flyhalf for Verblitz, while Springbok fullback Willie le Roux is yet to make his first appearance of the season.

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