WATCH | Japanese club welcomes Bok star Pieter-Steph du Toit

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Pieter-Steph du Toit on the charge against Georgia... (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Pieter-Steph du Toit on the charge against Georgia... (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Springbok star Pieter-Steph du Toit arrived for his first training session at Japanese club Toyota Verblitz on Monday.

Du Toit signed with Verblitz from the Stormers in September and the shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined for large parts of 2021 appears to be a thing of the past.

"I'm very excited to be here with the guys. I enjoyed a full training session and I can't wait for the season ahead. I'm very excited," Du Toit said in a video clip posted by the club on social media.

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

Du Toit returned to action earlier in the year 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.

He then signed for Toyota Verblitz and will join up there with Springbok team-mate Willie le Roux.

The Aichi-based club also welcomed All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu on Monday.

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