Bulls confirm Botha's departure
Pretoria - The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd on Monday confirmed that loose forward Arno Botha will leave the franchise at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
Botha, 25, will link up with Irish club Ulster.
The High Performance Manager of the BBC, Xander Janse van Rensburg, said that Botha - who boasts 46 caps for the Bulls - will finish the 2017 Super Rugby season with the team before leaving.
"Arno received a very good offer from Ulster. We have been in constant discussions with Arno about his future since 2016,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“We want to thank him for his contribution, we are thankful and proud of what he has done. The situation is that we can’t financially make an offer close to what he’s currently earning. Luckily we have great players coming through that we will be investing in.
“He is still a big player for us in the coming months and we are expecting some meaningful contributions from him as we embark on a tough Super Rugby campaign."
Janse van Rensburg wished Botha well. "We know he will be successful with Ulster. He is a very professional player. Both parties are in unison that it’s the best move for him at this stage of his career.”
Botha said he was comfortable with the decision. "I have achieved such a lot with the Bulls and will give my all to help the team to try and win the Super Rugby title in 2017, something that has eluded me so far in my career.
“I am only leaving at the end of the campaign and is highly motivated to deliver for the team. The decision to move to Ulster was taken after considerable thought from my side and I feel it is the right time in my career to feel what rugby in the northern hemisphere is all about. Until then, I am as passionate about the Bulls as I have ever been.”
Botha played two Tests for the Springboks in 2013.