Springbok star Makazole Mapimpi has turned down a move to Leicester Tigers in favour of a big-money move.
Instead, the speedster is one of several South Africans heading to Japan to join Johan Ackermann’s NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes for the upcoming season.
The 29-year-old was part of Rassie Erasmus’ 2019 World Cup-winning squad and scored a try in the Final against England.
The speedster made his test debut for the Springboks on 2 June 2018 against Wales in Washington, D.C. at the age of 27 years and has since accumulated 14 caps, scoring 14 tries.
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4 Big-Money Signings Who Flopped at Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers have welcomed more false dawns than most clubs in recent – as highlighted by their misfortune in the transfer market when it comes to exciting signings that ultimately proved disappointing.
We’ve gone from the inception of the Premiership in 1997/98 because, as you all know, that’s when club rugby ‘started’.
1. JP Pietersen
World Cup winner with South Africa in 2007, Pietersen signed a three-year deal to join Premiership giants prior to the 2016–2017 season. However, the winger was granted early release to join top French club Toulon in the Top 14 from the 2017-18 season. He scored three tries in 15 appearances during his underwhelming one-year stint at Welford Road. Worth the huge salary? Absolutely not.