Rudy Paige. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS
Rudy Paige. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS

Japan’s Sunwolves have added two former Springboks to their squad for their final Super Rugby season in 2020, the club announced on its website.

Both JJ Engelbrecht and Rudy Paige, 30-year-olds who each has played 13 tests for SA, have signed for the 2020 season, which is to be the last for the franchise in Super Rugby.

They join from Clermont Auvergne in France, where they had brief contracts as World Cup cover.

Centre Engelbrecht has competed for the Stormers and Bulls in Super Rugby before and had a spell in Wales with the Ospreys. Scrumhalf Paige has played Super Rugby for the Bulls and in the Pro14 for the Cheetahs.

The Sunwolves have also added tighthead prop Conraad van Vuuren from the Bulls as well as lock Michael Stolberg and backrower Corey Thomas from Australia, the club said.

The Tokyo-based Sunwolves will be cut from Super Rugby after next season, when the competition reverts to a purely southern hemisphere affair of 14 teams in a round-robin format.

The Japan Rugby Football Union was unable to “financially underwrite” the team post-2020, southern hemisphere governing body Sanzaar said in March.

Reuters

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