It appears probable that veteran Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will hang up his studs at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Du Plessis, who will be 37 come the end of the European season in May next year, has played his rugby at Montpellier since 2015.
Prior to that – between 2005-2015 – he was a stalwart of the Sharks team at both Currie Cup (42 matches) and Super Rugby (131 matches) level.
MONTPELLIER HAVE SIGNED REPLACEMENT FOR DU PLESSIS
According to reports, Montpellier have already signed young Wallabies star Brandon Paenga-Amosa who will join the Top 14 side on a two-year contract.
Paenga-Amosa already has nine Australia caps to his name and plays his Super Rugby for the Reds.
BISMARCK PLAYED 79 TESTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Du Plessis played 79 Tests for the Springboks, the last of which came in 2015. He scored 11 tries in those appearances.
Upon calling time at Montpellier, it’s likely Du Plessis will return to South Africa, much like the recent decision taken by his brother, Jannie.
Jannie du Plessis, who recently turned 38, was also on the books of Montpellier, before he returned to play for the Lions.