English club Wasps are in talks with former Springboks centre Juan de Jongh, according to reports.
Neil Fissler, journalist with the Sunday Express and The Rugby Paper, believes the Premiership table toppers are looking to line up the quick-footed, diminutive back from the Stormers.
I understand that Wasps are in talks with Lions and former Springbok centre Juan de Jongh about joining them in the summer.
— Neil Fissler (@neilfissler) 11 April 2017
De Jongh has played 19 tests for South Africa, scoring three tries in the process, and last represented his country in The Rugby Championship test match against New Zealand in Durban last October.
Should Wasps be successful in their chase for the player, he would join a club with tremendous talent across its back division. However, the Coventry-based team are losing Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale at the end of the current season as he is returning to Australia.
The signing of de Jongh would help to replace some of the attacking firepower that will be lost with the absence of the mercurial gifts of Beale.
If de Jongh does decide to leave, it will come as a serious blow to South African rugby, with the centre having spent his entire professional career in his home country. The Rainbow Nation is arguably suffering from a severe talent drain as more and more elite players head to foreign shores in search of opportunities elsewhere.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena