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The Ospreys on Wednesday announced that Stefan Terblanche will return to Durban to play for the Sharks after Friday’s Magners League match in Edinburgh.

Terblanche is returning to the Sharks for the 2008 Absa Currie Cup and Super 14 competitions.

More critically he will also be available to play in the Sharks’ Absa Currie Cup Semi-final against either the Blue Bulls or the Golden Lions on Saturday, October 13.

Terblanche joined the Ospreys during in 2003 after playing 37 Tests for the Springboks.

The Ospreys’ loss will be the Sharks gain and the Welsh team will be sad to let the utility-back go.

While Terblanche is excited about the opportunity to run out at Absa Stadium again, he is also sad to leave the Welsh team.

In an official statement Terblanche reflected on his four-year tenure at the Welsh team.

“There have been so many highlights during my four years at the Ospreys. When I joined the region the Ospreys were just a name, a vision and a group of players,”Terblanche told the Ospreys website.

The Sharks flyer joined the regional team in a time of transition and it can safely be said that he was a fundamental part of the team’s growth over the past four years. The Ospreys team, as we know it, was only formed in 2003.

“The organisation has now grown into one of the most professional outfits in world rugby with two Magners League titles, an Energy Cup Final and beating the Aussies at the Liberty Stadium being the obvious highlights during my time at the region.

“There are so many other memories of my time in Wales that I will take back to South Africa but I will particularly remember the supporters and their passion for rugby in the region,” added Terblanche.

Terblanche played alongside a group of talented players during his time in Wales. The list includes Justin Marshall, James Hook and Alun-Wyn Jones.

“I have made a lot of friends in Wales and there are too many to mention individually but needless to say I will particularly miss my fellow players, the Coaches and staff at the Ospreys,” said Terblanche.

He added that the best was still to come for a team that has certainly made its mark in Welsh rugby.

“The Ospreys have a large and growing fan base, a young talented squad of players, excellent facilities and a fantastic Stadium at the Liberty Stadium and I can only see the region going from strength to strength over the next few years. I am sure that the next four years will be even more successful than the last four,” concluded the Springbok wing.

 

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