Toulon have found their replacement for the retiring Bakkies Botha with reports that Eben Etzebeth has signed for the French champions.
According to local paper Var Matin, the Springbok lock will join the club from the South of France after next year’s World Cup.
It would be a major coup for Mourad Boudjellal, who will lose Botha at the end of the season when he hangs up his boots.
Clermont Auvergne were believed to be keen on signing Etzebeth from the Stormers, but it seems his heart is set on Toulon.
Etzebeth would join the likes of Mamuka Gorgodze, Ali Williams, Romain Taofifenua and Jocelino Suta as second row options next year, while Samu Manoa is also believed to have signed for the club.
The 23-year-old Etzebeth has 33 Springbok caps to his name since making his debut back in 2012.