Rugby

Van Zyl to quit Stade Francais to run family farm

2019-02-21 18:12
Piet van Zyl (Gallo)

Paris - A "sad" Piet van Zyl announced on Thursday he will quit Stade Francais at the end of the season to return home to South Africa to run the family farm.

"It's nothing against rugby. I love the rugby here. I love the club and I really enjoyed the experience," said the 29-year-old, who was capped three times by the Springboks between 2013-16 and has started 12 of 16 Top 14 matches this season, having arrived in Paris last summer.

"It's something that has come a long way with me. I ended it with the Bulls about a year and a half ago with the plan to come back to our family farm. The decision has been dragged out for a year and a half.

"I am not going anywhere else. To be honest it's really sad, I really still want to play, but there comes a time for everything.

"It's a family decision, I really need to go back now."

In his absence, Stade Francais will be able to call upon Arthur Coville and Clement Daguin.

Currently sixth in the Top 14, Stade are away at La Rochelle in league action this weekend.

Read more on:    stade francais  |  piet van zyl  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which of the 4 South African team will finish with the fewest Super Rugby SA Conference points?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.