Morne Steyn says his days in South Africa's number 10 jersey have come to an end due to the emergence of Pat Lambie and Handre Pollard.
Steyn, 32, has 66 Springbok caps to his name and played in two World Cups, scoring more points than any player at the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.
He last played for his country against the All Blacks in October - a 57-15 demolition that served as the low point in a miserable Rugby Championship campaign.
With Lambie now established as the Boks' first-choice fly-half, Stade Francais man Steyn pleases the moment has come to stand aside.
"I know I will not play for the Springboks again," Steyn told Midi Olympique.
"These trips, these absences, has become too difficult for me. Also, Handre Pollard is coming back from injury. He and Pat Lambie have the talent and it is time to give them room."