Updated: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:35 | By Agence France-Presse

Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan

South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan's Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday.

Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan

Jean Deysel of South Africa poses before his team's Tri-Nations rugby union match against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 30, 2011 - by Marty Melville

The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times for South Africa, will play flanker and number 8 for Toyota, the Top League said in a brief statement.

According to the Sharks' website, Deysel has agreed a two-year deal with Toyota.

"The decision to leave the Sharks, a franchise which means the world to me, has been one of my toughest decisions yet,"  he said, according to the website.

"I have learnt so much from this place and I am eternally grateful to this franchise for their belief, support and guidance over the years,"  said Deysel, who has been capped 117 times for the Sharks since his debut in 2007.

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