The double Heineken Cup champions Munster has announced that Jean de Villiers will return to South Africa at the end of the current season.
The decision to return home was determined by his desire to make himself available for selection for the South African 2011 World Cup squad.
"My decision to return to South Africa is solely determined by a desire to put myself in contention for the Sprinboks Rugby World Cup 2011 squad.
"I'm thoroughly enjoying my time here in Munster and I think it would be fair to say that had the Rugby World Cup not been a factor, then I would be remaining for at least the next two seasons.
My entire focus is on the Magners League and Heineken Cup campaigns. There's a lot of rugby to be played yet in the red shirt and I'm looking forward immensely to continuing my involvement with a great squad." explained the South African player on Munster website.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.