Wednesday 25 April 2018

Connacht release Springbok out-half from his contract a year early on compassionate grounds

29 April 2017; Marnitz Boshoff of Connacht kicks a penalty during the Guinness PRO12 Round 21 match between Connacht and Scarlets at The Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
29 April 2017; Marnitz Boshoff of Connacht kicks a penalty during the Guinness PRO12 Round 21 match between Connacht and Scarlets at The Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Connacht have confirmed that South African out-half Marnitz Boshoff has returned home to South Africa after the province released him from his contract a year early on compassionate grounds.

The former Springbok wished to move home to be closer to his family after the sudden passing of his father earlier this year. Boshoff endured an injury-hit season with Connacht, injuring his shoulder in just his second appearance in October, only returning in May to make two further appearances.

Connacht say that an announcement will be made on Boshoff's replacement in the coming days.

"I would like to thank Connacht Rugby for agreeing to my request to be released from the final year of my contract after what has been a difficult season for me both on and off the field," Boshoff said in a statement.

"During my time with the province I have experienced first-hand the unique sense of pride and community that exists throughout the province.

"There is an incredible group of players representing Connacht and I am proud to say I was part of this group. I have learned hugely from both players and management over the past season and this experience will have a positive impact on my career in the future.

"I would also like to thank the Connacht supporters who have been incredible when I represented them on the field and with their personal good wishes off the field. I wish Connacht every success in the future."

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