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Juandré Kruger to leave Bulls

2012-12-18 09:24

Pretoria - Vodacom Bulls lock Juandré Kruger did not extend his contract with the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd beyond the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season and will leave the Bulls to join up with French club Racing Metro 92.

Kruger made his debut for the Springboks this year and played in eight Tests following an impressive Super Rugby debut for the Bulls. His contract with the BBC runs out in June 2013 and although the Bulls could secure his services until the end of the competition, the 27-year-old opted for the move to Paris after that.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said they understand the reasons why Kruger decided to leave.

“It is always good to know and to hear that your players are wanted all over the world, but unfortunately it is not always possible to hold on to them once those offers start coming in,” Ludeke said.

“With the exchange rate as it is at the moment, it is very difficult to remain on level terms with those clubs when it comes to contract talks. We were very keen to extend his contract, but financially it was just not possible. We are very happy for Juandrè, as it is a great offer he received, but that left us in an unfortunate position that we could not match it.”

Ludeke has no problem with Kruger’s continued commitment to the Bulls in 2013.

“Not at all. Juandré is a real pro and I know we can still expect a 110% effort from him. We sat down as a group recently to discuss our goals and objectives for 2013 and I am very confident that we will get an exceptional contribution from Juandré right till the last game of our season.” 


Sport24

Comments
  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-12-18 09:30

    Leaving the sinking ship.

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-18 10:05

      sa forwards are the most sought after on earth!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-18 22:35

      Isak, as hy vir die WP wil speel sal hy so bietjie sy sokkies moet optrek. Die WP kan nie bekostig om iemand soos Kruger in die span te he wat heeltemal verdwyn in 'n game nie. Nie dat ek dink hy sal vir Bekker en Ysterbeth kan lig nie. Hy sal maar moet lemoenskyfies aandra en hoop Allistair gee vir een van die goeie slotte 'n ruskans. En dan moet ons almal hoop dis teen die blindeskool span of die Kings.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-12-18 09:35

    They still got Fudge Mabeta and walking yellow card Flippie van der Merwe......watch them come hunt a lock here at Province.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-18 22:37

      Lionel, don't be so negative. The Bulls never hunt players at other unions. They will "develop" a lock at Province.

  • fred.j.muller.5 - 2012-12-18 12:14

    OH YEA,,, and if you have nothing good to say about any players, bulls or not, then sadly you can not call yourself a Springbok fan...draadsitters....so so so sick of people like that....Stormers rule....

      will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-18 15:48

      Are you serious? It's called rivalry and it is part of sport. Get over it

      tian.stemmet - 2012-12-18 16:47

      ware rugby man!! well said Fred

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-12-18 17:08

      jy was seker een van daai wp supporters wat vir die sharks in die finals gepick het, gaan support die blou apeeeee

      john.a.swart - 2012-12-20 19:53

      Fred. I'm a Sharkie and I agree 100% with your sentiments. The Boks come first in terms of support, no matter which province or franchise they play for!

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-12-18 13:26

    Guess that is the end of his Bok career. No Bull no Bok!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-18 22:38

      He'll still be picked for the year-end tour.

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-12-18 17:04

    Leaving the sinking ship. ja nee, beter jy gaan, blou apies gaan jare wag voor hulle wee n koppie kry

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-18 22:32

    So who will the Bulls buy....uhm, I mean "develop" to replace him?

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