Toulon release South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe joined Toulon in 2021
Cheslin Kolbe joined Toulon in 2021
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Toulon have confirmed an early release from contract for South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe ending months of speculation.

L’Equipe and Midi Olympique had already reported about Kolbe's release from the French club despite he is contracted until the end of the 2023/24 season. The 29-year-old is now linked with a move to Japan.

“I would like to thank the Club, my team-mates and all the supporters for the opportunity given to me to play in Toulon during these two seasons and which I appreciated very much," said Kolbe.

"I would have liked to stay in Toulon but the financial constraints of the clubs and the injuries made things difficult.”

Kolbe, who was part of South Africa's World Cup winning team in the 2019 World Cup joined Toulon in 2021 after completing a double with rivals Toulouse. He also started for them in the Challenge Cup final victory over Glasgow Warriors this season.

“The entire RCT team wishes Cheslin Kolbe the best for the future and an excellent Rugby World Cup, which he will prepare with the Springboks at the RCT Campus," said Toulon in a statement released.

“Cheslin Kolbe will be honored during the end-of-season Garden Parties organized this Monday and Tuesday at the RCT Campus.”