Connacht release Marnitz Boshoff on compassionate leave following the death of his father

Boshoff requested to return home in order to be closer to his family after the sudden passing of his father.

Marnitz Boshoff.
Marnitz Boshoff.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CONNACHT HAVE CONFIRMED that they have released Marnitz Boshoff from the final year of his contract on compassionate grounds following the death of his father.

Boshoff, who is currently in South Africa, requested to return home to be closer to his family after the sudden and tragic passing of his father earlier this year.

The out-half joined the province in October 2016 and made his debut against the Cardiff Blues in November, but injured his shoulder in his second appearance against Benetton Treviso.

The 28-year-old returned to the fold late last season and made two further appearances before playing his final game for Connacht away to Munster in May.

Connacht Rugby thanked him for the contribution he made during his time at the province.

Reflecting on his depature the player too thanked Connacht for allowing him to be released, adding that he was proud to have represented them, describing the “unique sense of pride” that exists within the team.

Marnitz Boshoff Boshoff described the "unique sense of pride and community" that exists throughout the province. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“I would like to thank Connacht Rugby for agreeing to my request to be released from the final year of my contract after what has been a difficult season for me both on and off the field,” he said.

“During my time with the province I have experienced first-hand the unique sense of pride and community that exists throughout the province.

“There is an incredible group of players representing Connacht and I am proud to say I was part of this group.

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“I have learned hugely from both players and management over the past season and this experience will have a positive impact on my career in the future.

“I would also like to thank the Connacht supporters who have been incredible when I represented them on the field and with their personal good wishes off the field. I wish Connacht every success in the future.”

Connacht Rugby said an announcement with respect to a replacement is due to be made in the coming days.

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