Ulster confirm Steven Kitshoff is to depart at the end of 2023/24 season

The 2019 and 2023 World Cup winner was previously captain of 2021/22 URC champions The Stormers

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Steven Kitshoff tackles Tadhg Beirne during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The much-anticipated news that Springbok Steven Kitshoff will depart Ulster after just one season has been confirmed tonight in an official statement from the province.

The two-time World Cup winner will rejoin South African outfit The Stormers, having signed for Ulster from the same side.

Steven Kitshoff is set to return to South Africa Picture: Brian Little

It brings an early end to the three-year deal originally signed by the loosehead, but in a statement tonight, Kitshoff labelled his time in Belfast “a privilege”:

“Since arriving in Belfast, I have really enjoyed my time in the Ulster jersey, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of such a great group of players and support staff.

”Ulster will always have a place in my heart, and I’m grateful to the supporters that welcomed me to a club and province that is undoubtedly a very special place.”

Ulster are currently mid table in the URC, with Richie Murphy’s charges in European action in the Challenge Cup this weekend.