Second row Izak van der Westhuizen will leave Edinburgh Rugby for Port Elizabeth at the end of this season, reversing a trend in the flow of players between South Africa and the Capital.
The 28-year-old cites family reasons for the move and he leaves on a high having earned a man-of-the-match nomination in Edinburgh’s latest match, a win over Ospreys at Meggetland.
Signed by previous coach Michael Bradley from Orange Free State Cheetahs, Van der Westhuizen has made 19 appearances for Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO 12 and a further five in the Heineken Cup.
That total would have been higher but for an ankle injury soon after arriving.
In a statement issued by Edinburgh Rugby today, Van der Westhuizen, whose wife, Bonita, gave birth to a daughter six months ago, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club, especially in the last couple of months without injury.
“I’m settled in Edinburgh and really enjoy the city but I’m from a very tight-knit family and the chance to be closer to them was one of the biggest, most important reasons – we’ll be a one hour away instead of 11.”
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