South Africa international Cheslin Kolbe to join Suntory Sungoliath

Cheslin Kolbe will join Suntory Sungoliath at end of World Cup
Cheslin Kolbe will join Suntory Sungoliath at end of World Cup
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World Cup winning South Africa international Cheslin Kolbe will be heading for a Japan stint after being signed by Suntory Sungoliath.

Kolbe will head to the Japanese club following the World Cup in France later this year.

The 29-year-old last was part of Toulon after joining them in 2021 but was released by the French club early from his contract last month. He also completed a double with Toulouse previously and was part of Western Province and Stormers between 2013 and 2017.

I'm so happy to confirm I will be joining Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath in the Japan Rugby League One competition after this year's World Cup," Kolbe said in a statement released by his management company, Roc Nation Sports International.

"This is going to be a new chapter and challenge in my career, and I'd like to thank everyone who made the move possible. Suntory is a team with an impressive history, and I am looking forward to making new memories with the team over the seasons ahead. To the fans, I hope to put in some performances that you can all enjoy. See you soon!"

President of Roc Nation Sports International Michael Yormark insisted that the move to Japan will benefit Kolbe.

"Cheslin's decision to join Suntory marks an incredible opportunity for him both personally and professionally. It is a testament to his dedication, talent, and relentless pursuit of excellence.

"We are confident that this move will not only elevate his game but also provide him with new experiences and an expanded global platform."