Pretoria - The Blue Bulls have signed Saracens loose forward Nick de Jager on a one-year contract with immediate effect.
According to the supersport.com website, De Jager, the former Maties No 8 who left South Africa to join Saracens two years ago, has been signed as loose forward cover for the Absa Currie Cup season and joined the team on Monday.
De Jager is a big, powerful ball carrier and is highly rated, with Saracens releasing him to continue his development in Pretoria and hopefully get some game time ahead of next year’s Super Rugby season.
While the Bulls have SA Under-20 captain Hanro Liebenberg, De Jager will add some depth to the team after the news that Arno Botha injured his meniscus and had to undergo surgery on Monday, ruling him out for at least four weeks.
De Jager made his debut for Saracens in 2013, winning the man of the match award in his first game and has been a consistent team member ever since. He was also a member of Maties’ Sevens team that won bronze at the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, in 2013.
At 1.93m and 112kg, he is hoping to make an impression in Pretoria in the near future.