In-form Lions back-row Jaco Kriel will join Japanese club Kubota Spears at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Kriel will link up with them on a two-year deal that will see him miss the Currie Cup but he will be available to the Springboks during this time.
Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the GLRU believes the deal is a win/win for everyone involved.
“We see this as an opportunity which is mutually beneficial to both the Golden Lions Rugby Union and our players as we therefore manage to secure their services for a longer period of time,” he said.
Kriel says the experience he can gain overseas will help him benefit the Lions on his return.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity of living and playing abroad and bringing back new ideas to my Lions team mates, which has successfully been done by Elton, Lionel and Warwick in the past,” he explained.
“I feel I can contribute immensely and I really look forward to the challenge. Kubota has established an exciting team of players and coaches for this season and I am excited to be part of this new chapter.”