Malherbe chose Stormers over payday

Date published: February 18 2016

Stormers prop and co-captain Frans Malherbe reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from Top 14 club Toulon.

According to Netwerk24, the 24-year-old was offered a deal by the French giants, but Malherbe believes representing the union that he grew up supporting is an honour, and he still wants to wear the green and gold of South Africa.

“I was born in this union, grew up here and have supported Western Province and the Stormers since I started watching rugby," he said.

"Not many players have the privilege to play for the team they supported from a young age.

“I told someone the other day that you are never certain of your place in the Bok squad. For that honour to be bestowed upon you, you have to play well in Super Rugby."

The tighthead, who has played 13 Tests for the Springboks, also revealed that he wants to win several more Test caps for his country.

“I want to now try and make a difference after the injuries I suffered in 2013 and 2014," Malherbe added.

"It’s still uncertain whether South Africans playing overseas will be picked for the Boks. What that essentially means is that I want to be here and play as many Tests as possible for the Boks.”