Basson extends Bulls stay
Pretoria - The Bulls have announced that record-breaking wing Bjorn Basson extended his contract with the union and will be available for the Pretoria franchise until the end of October 2016.VIDEO: Bulls unveil new jersey!
Basson, who holds the national and Currie Cup record for tries in a season and the Bulls record for tries in a Super Rugby season, was also part of the Springbok squad in 2013.
The 26-year-old put pen to paper on Wednesday and according to Bulls coach Frans Ludeke
, this is a significant boost for his squad ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
“There is little debate on Bjorn’s abilities to score tries and his aerial play is second to none, both important elements of our play at the Bulls, so we are very happy for him to sign on,” Ludeke said via a statement released to the media.
“We also lost a number of experienced players after the last Super Rugby competition and as such, is a huge boost to the squad to have a senior player and a Springbok to that, committing himself to the team for the next couple of years.”
Bulls High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, expressed his delight at the signing.
“A number of teams were very keen to get Bjorn on their side of the field, but he was determined that he wanted to stay in Pretoria to help the franchise achieving their goals of being the number one team in the competition. His attitude and ability will be a massive asset to us in years to come,” Janse van Rensburg added.
Bjorn Basson playing record:
Test debut: 2010 v Wales
Test caps: 11
Test points: 15 (3 tries)
Super Rugby debut: 2009 Cheetahs v Lions
Super Rugby caps: 55
Super Rugby points: 130 (26 tries)
Provincial debut: 2008 Griquas v Border Bulldogs
Provincial caps: 63
Provincial points: 260 (52 tries)