Eben Etzebeth during the 2018 The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina at Kings Park Stadium in August. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

TOULON – Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is reportedly set to join French powerhouse club Toulon on a two-year deal after the 2019 World Cup.

Etzebeth was strongly linked with such a big-money move earlier in the year, and on Thursday, Toulon club president Mourad Boudjellal said the 27-year-old had finalised an agreement earlier in the week.

The Stormers star is expected to be one of several frontline Boks who will pursue overseas opportunities following the World Cup in Japan.

Etzebeth has been a loyal servant to Western Province and Stormers rugby over the last few years, while he has played 75 Tests since 2012.

Eben Etzebeth in action for the Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby

He is now set to join a club that previously was also home to former Boks such as Bryan Habana and Juan Smith.

Besides being in line to secure the services of Etzebeth, the three-time European champions have also signed Nehe-Milner Skudder on a three-year deal.

The experienced All Blacks wing is set to make the move to France ahead of the 2019-20 European season. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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