Sharks centre Francois Steyn is convinced he will not be playing for South Africa at Test level again.
The 27-year-old returned to the Durban-based franchise two weeks ago from Japan where he had a spell with Top League club, Toshiba Brave Lupus.
Steyn's last game for the Boks was against the World XV at Newlands last June. He then pulled out of the squad due to a contractual dispute with the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
Steyn, who won the World Cup as a 19-year-old in 2007 and played 55 Tests for the Springboks, said he doesn't see himself wearing the green and gold again.
“It’s always a privilege to play for the Boks," he told Netwerk24.
"However, with my move to Japan I accepted that my days in a Springbok jersey were finally behind me. I’ve made peace with that.
“Players like Damian de Allende (Stormers) and Jan Serfontein (Bulls) have in the meantime also put their hands up and proved they are world class.
“If Jean de Villiers (Bok captain) recovers in time, which I hope and pray is the case, then he picks himself. My main focus is to be included in the Sharks team, play my part and be proud of the team’s performances.”