Premiership: London Wasps lock Marco Wentzel returning to South Africa
Last Updated: June 19, 2013 6:50am
Wentzel: Leaving England after nine years to return home
London Wasps lock Marco Wentzel is to return to South Africa for family reasons.
The former Springbok headed to Cape Town after appearing for the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong and England at Twickenham and has made the decision since to make the move home permanently.
Wentzel leaves after six years in the top-flight with Leicester Tigers, Leeds Carnegie and Wasps.
"It is tough to leave Wasps when things are looking so bright and I am grateful to Dai Young for understanding my position. On the other hand I am happy to be leaving when things are going well for the club."
In his two seasons at Adams Park he made 51 appearances and regularly captained the side, the 34-year-old appeared in 114 Premiership games in total in for his three English clubs.
He said: "It has not been easy for me to make this decision but I left South Africa nine years ago and I realise that is where I need to be now around my family.
"It is tough to leave Wasps when things are looking so bright and I am grateful to Dai Young for understanding my position.
"On the other hand I am happy to be leaving when things are going well for the club and I think there is a very positive future with the squad that Dai is developing here.
"I was lucky enough to captain Wasps a number of times over the past few years and I want to thank all of the fans for getting behind us during some rocky times. I have really enjoyed playing in the Premiership and hopefully there are a few more years in my body yet but I haven't got any fixed plans for playing when I return home."
London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: "It's disappointing to lose Marco, especially at this time of year which will make replacing him very difficult.
"He has played an important role for the club over the last two seasons and I know it wasn't an easy decision for him. He goes with us wishing him all the best in the future."