Blue Bulls pair RG Snyman and Francois Brummer have agreed deals with Japanese sides Honda Heat and Toyota Shokki respectively.
They will join their respective sides at the end of the Super Rugby season, according to Supersport.
Snyman has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for the Bulls. The 22-year-old has already played 18 times for the Pretoria side in Super Rugby and has been touted as a future Springbok star.
Brummer, on the other hand, has found himself frozen out on the fringes, featuring momentarily as a second-half substitute against the Sunwolves last week and the 27-year-old has had to make do with being third-choice fly-half.
The deal allows both players to return for Super Rugby action in 2018 and keeps Snyman in contention for Bok selection, much to the relief of Blue Bulls Company High Performance manager Xander Janse van Rensburg, who said: “We all know how difficult it is to keep our top players in the country, especially with the Rand weakening in the last few weeks.
“While the situation is not ideal, the deal allows RG and Francois to both experience the Japanese culture and play abroad, but still return to play for the Bulls next season.
“It also keeps RG eligible for the Springboks, who enjoys first choice if he is selected this season for the national team.
“Players of this calibre are always targets for top teams, especially in Europe, and we are happy that we have RG and Francois available for the Bulls for the foreseeable future.”