South Africa international Schalk Burger has been discharged from hospital after undergoing treatment for bacterial meningitis.
Burger, who plays his club rugby for the Cape Town-based Stormers franchise, contracted the disease following an operation to reduce pressure on a nerve that was affecting his calf muscle. But after two weeks in hospital he has now been sent home to recuperate.
A statement from the player's agent read: "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."
Burger, a member of South Africa's 2007 World Cup final-winning team against England in Paris and a former world player of the year, has won 68 caps.
But he has not played since suffering a knee injury early last year, before calf muscle trouble delayed his anticipated return in this season's Super 15 competition.