Stormers and Springbok fans must enjoy seeing their favourite stars close up while they can. Springbok flank Jaco Kriel expects there to be a huge exodus of South African players moving overseas after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
In an interview with the Rugby Pass website, Kriel predicted top South African talent will follow his lead by making the move abroad, News24 reported. He signed a deal with Gloucester where he will link up with his former provincial coach Johan Ackermann, joining former Lions team-mates Ruan Dreyer, Franco Mostert and Ruan Ackermann.
Aside from the rand being unable to compete with the dollar and euro, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus being allowed to select whichever overseas-based players he wants, even if they have less than 30 Test caps, will influence matters.
"I looked at the whole situation and my own career and made the decision to come before the World Cup because I believe that after the Cup tournament in Japan everybody is going to want to come to the UK or France," Kriel said.
"At the moment the rand cannot compete with the pound and that is a huge factor and if they are interested then a player will get in touch with his agent."
Commenting on Erasmus being able to select overseas-based players, he said: "The fact that Faf (de Klerk) and Willie (le Roux) have been able to play in England and come back to play for the Springboks is not a good message for South Africa because it shows that you can come here, have great fun, enjoy your rugby and still play Test rugby.
"It means the last hold that teams back home in South Africa, who want to keep their best players, had was the fact they couldn't continue playing for the Boks.
"Now that rule has gone I really believe the guys want to come over to Europe because everyone who comes here talk about how amazing it is."