It's official: Du Toit stays with Stormers

Pieter-Steph du Toit has committed his future to Western Province and the Stormers.

The Springbok flank and World Rugby Player of the Year withdrew the contract termination notification submitted last week.

Du Toit had reportedly been offered a R75-million, three-year deal by French club Montpellier, while Japanese clubs were also eager to acquire his services.

However, the 27-year-old's contract extension with WP Rugby will see him remain with the Stormers until at least the end of the British & Irish Lions tour next year. He will receive the same salary reduction as his teammates, as per the rugby industry’s financial impact plan.

'Pieter-Steph wanted to stay at WP Rugby, he is a true team man, who is integral to our plans at WP Rugby,' said board member André van der Veen.

'We committed to find an equitable solution for him and the entire team and we are pleased to be able to officially confirm it.'

Stormers coach John Dobson said: 'Pieter-Steph is an important team member, his extraordinary work-rate coupled with his ball-carrying skills, makes our forward pack even more formidable.

'The rehabilitation on his injury is progressing well and we are looking forward to seeing him in a Stormers jersey again when we get back on the field.

'Not only is this good for the Stormers and Western Province rugby, but it is also good for South African rugby that we have kept such prominent players in the country, looking ahead at the post-pandemic rugby offering and market.

'We are proud as a union of our achievement of contracting eight World Cup-winning Springboks in the province and keeping them in the country.'