Promising Blue Bulls lock forward Juandré Kruger has turned his back on Loftus and will join Northampton next season.
It seems as though the Bulls have done a spot of rationalisation when it comes to their squad (perhaps the coffers at Loftus aren’t as full as they should be?) and Kruger has apparently not been offered a contract for 2009. The Bulls obviously feel that in Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Wilhelm Steenkamp, they have enough lock depth to see them through. Another highly-rated young second-rower, Hendrik Roodt, recently announced his retirement from the game. He is still under 21.
One wonders whether this culling of young talent might not come back to bite the boys in blue once their stalwarts move on in a few years’ time. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
A host of other players will also leave the Bulls before 2009 kicks off. Wikus van Heerden has already left to join Saracens, while Dewald Pretorius and Trompie Nontshinga have signed with Griquas. Danwel Demas is on his way to the Cheetahs. Hilton Lobberts has signed with WP, while Richard Bands, Rassie van Vuuren, James van der Walt and Emile Verster will not be recontracted. No announcements have been made regarding the last-mentioned quartet, other than that they will be leaving.
In other news sure to delight Bulls fans, JP Nel will be back to occupy his customary number 13 jersey in time for the Super 14 next year.Tweet