DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 06: Jean Deysel during The Sharks training session from Kings Park on March 06, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Tokyo – South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan’s Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times for South Africa, will play flanker and number 8 for Toyota, the Top League said in a brief statement.

According to the Sharks’ website, Deysel has agreed a two-year deal with Toyota.

“The decision to leave the Sharks, a franchise which means the world to me, has been one of my toughest decisions yet,” he said, according to the website.

“I have learnt so much from this place and I am eternally grateful to this franchise for their belief, support and guidance over the years,” said Deysel, who has been capped 117 times for the Sharks since his debut in 2007. – Sapa-AFP