Juandre will leave for France after Super Rugby

December 18, 2012
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Vodacom Bulls lock Juandrè Kruger did not extend his contract with the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd beyond the the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season and will leave the Vodacom 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 Vodacom Bulls. His contract with the BBC runs out in June 2013 and although the Vodacom Bulls could secure his services till the end of the competition, the 27 year old opted for the move to Paris after that.

Vodacom Bulls Head 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 Vodacom Bulls in 2013.

“Not at all. Juandrè 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 Juandrè right till the last game of our season.”

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    The Bulls will miss him, he is a superior player than Steenkamp.
    Not the long term solution for Boks no 5 problem imo

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Agreed

    However with Paul Willemse from the Lions the Bulls should be well on the way to the future. Luckily we managed to hold on to one of the lock duo from the 2012 Baby Bok champs.

  3. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Paul Willemse is a great prospect for sure.

    The other half of the 2012 Baby Bok lock duo, Ruan Botha, signed with WP a few months ago. He should take over from Bekker in a few years time.

    Pieter-Steph du Toit of the Sharks should also come through nicely in the next couple of years.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 10:53 pm:

    It’s the same as the Jantjes move though.

    For the duration of Super Rugby.

  5. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 12:49 pm:

    Reply to DavidS @ 12:49 pm:

    No, it is not a loan deal, he chose not to renew his contract with the Lions an is now contracted to WP.

    http://mobi.supersport.com/rugby/sa-rugby/news/120828/Lions_lose_fourth_player_in_a_week

    Jantjies, Taute, Franco van der Merwe and Mapoe is all going to various provinces on loan deals for the Superrugby season.

    Botha, Willemse, Rhodes, Cilliers and Caylib Oosthuizen has signed new contracts with other SA unions.

    As a Johannesburg resident for the past 5 years and frequent Ellispark goer I will like nothing more than to see the Lions in Superrugby again as soon as possible. That is the only way promising players is going to stay at the union.

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