Springbok Wikus van Heerden could return to the Vodacom Blue Bulls before the Absa Currie Cup starts to rejoin his former team.
After the return of Gary Botha from Harlequins late last year, Van Heerden could become the second former Bulls to return to his roots after he announced he was leaving Saracens at the end of the current English season.
Van Heerden was in Pretoria over the past week and was seen at Loftus Versfeld, prompting talk of a return to the Vodacom Super 14 and Absa Currie Cup champions.
While the flanker was also linked with the Lions during his visit, chief executive Manie Reyneke told SuperSport.com that there was no contact between Van Heerden and the Ellis Park franchise.
Van Heerden played an intergral part in Saracens’ victory over the Springboks in November but is apparently keen to try and win a spot in the World Cup squad ahead of next year’s tournament.
Saracens said in a statement on their website that they had decided to allow Van Heerden to leave the club at the end of the current season.
“Wikus wishes to return to South Africa for the sake of his family, and we accept his wishes. He is a formidable loose forward who has represented the club with distinction over the past couple of seasons,” Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter said.
Van Heerden said that he would give his all for the club in his remaining games there.
“This is purely a personal decision. From a rugby point of view I have never been happier at any stage of my career. Saracens is now a fantastically well-run club with a very bright future, and I wish I was able to stay and be a part of that future. For the next five months, I am 100% focused on ensuring we finish this special season with at least one trophy.”
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