Bulls part ways with Springbok lock by mutual agreement

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The Blue Bulls Company has confirmed that they have reached a mutual settlement agreement with Springbok lock Juandré Kruger.

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The 35-year-old lock re-joined the Bulls late last year and added five more Super Rugby caps to his CV before the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to the regular season.

Kruger, who previously played his rugby in Pretoria between 2011-2013, developed a reputation of being a lineout maestro and no-nonsense tight forward while at Loftus Versfeld and it was while representing the Pretoria franchise that he received his Springbok call-up, where he went on to earn 17 caps for the Springboks.

Kruger also represented the Blue Bulls and Western Province in the Currie Cup before heading to Europe where he represented RC Toulon, Racing Metro 92, Northampton Saints and the Scarlets.

Kruger racked up a total of 91 appearances collectively for the Bulls and Blue Bulls.

“Kruger has always been the utmost professional. He has been exemplary as a player in terms of his work ethic, dedication and passion to his craft. We wish him all the best with his future endeavours,” said Bulls CEO, Edgar Rathbone.

Kruger humbly thanked the #BullsFamily for the part they played in his career.

“I will always cherish my time spent in a Vodacom Bulls jersey, and would like to wish the players, staff and management at Loftus everything of the best going forward. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to all those that have helped shape me as a player and as a person.”

At this stage it’s unclear where – if anywhere – Kruger will be playing his rugby next season.

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