Blue Bulls tighthead prop Rayno Gerber is set to take join the Italian club Rovigo with immediate effect.
According to Supersport, Gerber, who rejoined the Blue Bulls on a short-term contract after a two-year stint at Stade Francais, has been used sparingly and has yet to make an appearance in the Currie Cup squad after being used mostly at Vodacom Cup level this season.
With the Bulls using Frik Kirsten at tighthead, Gerber's chances of playing were virtually non-existent, hence the decision to move elsewhere.
The Bulls have already lost one tighthead this season with Rossouw de Klerk moving to Free State, but have signed the promising former Paarl Boys High and Cheetahs front-row Marcel van der Merwe as his replacement.
The other tighthead prop at the Bulls is Springbok Werner Kruger.
Gerber will leave immediately and join Rovigo, as the Bulls have apparently agreed to release him, even though his contract only ends in October.