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Sale have announced the signing of Akker van der Merwe from Super Rugby side the Sharks, following Rob du Preez to the AJ Bell Stadium.
SA Rugby announced a radical contract overhaul on Saturday in a move designed to reverse the trend of talented players leaving the country.
The Highlanders have announced their line-up to take on the Reds on Friday, with Aaron Smith included in the starting team for the fixture.
Stormers forward Pieter-Steph du Toit produced a remarkable feat in being crowned SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2018 on Thursday.
The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fourth tournament of the Men’s World Rugby Sevens Series, with Australia looking to defend their crown.