Springboks and Sharks centre Adi Jacobs will leave the Durban-based franchise after his contract was not renewed for 2012.
A press statement on the Sharks’ official website confirmed the news.
“The Sharks bid centre Adrian “Adi” Jacobs a fond farewell and wish him everything of the best in his career as he embarks on a new adventure after eight years of proud service with The Sharks,” the statement said.
Jacobs had a frustrating season at the Sharks in 2011, and he started most of their matches in the Currie Cup on the replacements bench.
The 31-year-old, who missed out on Springbok selection for the Rugby World Cup, made 156 appearances for the Sharks, 71 of them in the Currie Cup and 88 in Super Rugby.
He scored 36 tries and a combined total of 186 points (six of those points came from three conversions).
His team-mate JP Pietersen vented his feelings about Jacobs’ departure on Twitter.
“Morning Tweeps. Sad news this morning. My friend/dad Adi Jacobs is leaving the Sharks. All the best on your new journey,” Pietersen tweeted.