The Lions have agreed to release their captain Elton Jantjies for a short stint at French club Pau.
The Springbok flyhalf will join the Top 14 outfit as a "medical joker" - a common term in French rugby for a player who joins a club as an injury replacement on a short-term basis.
The Lions said the decision was made in conjunction with SA Rugby to give the player valuable game time ahead of the Springboks' series against the British & Irish Lions.
A statement from the Lions read:
Jantjies' presence could come in handy for Pau, who are struggling in the PRO14 this season. They have won only six of 20 games and currently sit a lowly 13th on the standings.
The Lions were scheduled to play in the PRO16 Rainbow Cup later this month but there are strong rumours that South African participation in the event will be halted because of Covid-19 regulations
Several insiders have confirmed to Sport24 that British rugby authorities are wary of continued government restrictions preventing the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers crossing their borders due to Covid-19 fears related to South Africa's variant strain.