According to reports in the South African press, Springbok and Cheetahs flank Juan Smith is set to move to France next year.
69-Test veteran Smith has been sidelined for most of the last two seasons due to an Achilles injury which required several operations, prompting fears that his rugby career was over.
Smith is fit to play again but, according to Volksblad, the 31-year-old could make his return in France, unless a South African team can make an offer he can't refuse.
Top 14 club Bayonne are reportedly the leading candidates for his signature.
"I'm ready to play again, but with the Currie Cup nearing its end, I don't want to put pressure on myself, " said Smith.