South Africa international Schalk Burger has been discharged from hospital, having undergone treatment for bacterial meningitis.
The flanker, who represents the Cape Town-based Stormers franchise at club level, contracted the illness when he had an operation to reduce pressure on a nerve which was affecting his calf muscle.
However, after spending a fortnight in hospital, Burger has now been sent home to recuperate.
A statement from the player's agent said: "We would like to thank the specialists and hospital staff who have given Schalk excellent care.
"Special thanks from Schalk and Michele to all the family, friends and fans who have sent overwhelming messages of support to the family over this time."
A former world player of the year, Burger has won 68 caps for the Springboks and was a member of the team who beat England in the final of the 2007 World Cup.
However, the 29-year-old has not played since injuring his knee early last year, calf muscle trouble having delayed his anticipated return in the Super 15 this season.