Cape Town - Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brüssow is leaving South Africa to further his career in Japan, according to a report on the Volksblad website.
The 26-year-old is set to leave Bloemfontein after the completion of this year's Super Rugby competition. His contract at the Cheetahs runs until after this year's Currie Cup, but it's unlikely that Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské will scupper his plans to move earlier.
Brüssow's contract in Japan will also not allow him to play for the Springboks, which means his dream of adding to his 20 Test caps is on hold for the foreseeable future.
He is, however, likely to keep playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs as the Japanese season does not run concurrently with the southern hemisphere tournament.
Brüssow, whose last international match came at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand two years ago, has fallen out of favour with current Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, who prefers bigger, stronger forwards.
Meyer's disinterest in Brüssow is likely the main reason he decided to move abroad.