Cape Town - Former Springbok and Bulls scrumhalf Piet van Zyl is set to further his career in England.
According to Afrikaans weekly newspaper, Rapport, Van Zyl will join London Irish in early 2018.
The player has seemingly made a U-turn after announcing his retirement earlier this year following the Bulls’ Currie Cup campaign.
The 28-year-old last month said in an interview with Netwerk24 that he did not see a future for himself in South African rugby and that he intended to go farming in the Free State.
Van Zyl played three Tests for the Springboks, with his last international appearance coming in the 27-13 defeat to Wales in Cardiff last year.
He made his Test debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013 and his only other Test was against Samoa in Pretoria in the same year.
Van Zyl will be one of SEVEN Springbok scrumhalves playing in Europe.
The others are Ruan Pienaar (Montpellier, France), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Charl McLeod (Stade Francais, France), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors, England) and Ricky Januarie (Agen, France).