Western Province have been given a cold shoulder from Bulls Springboks Embrose Papier and Warrick Gelant as they signed contract extensions with the Bulls Franchise.
Papier has signed until 2021 and Gelant will run out for the Bulls until atleast 2020.
The story going around was that the Western Province was after the two Springboks but they declined.
The Bulls have also put pen to paper with a few other players in prop Conraad van Vuuren, centre/wing Johnny Kotze who signed until 2020, as did Junior Springboks, Ruan Nortje and Mornay Smith.
The Bulls also confirmed the signing of current Junior Springboks prop, Alulutho Tshakweni, with the former Eastern Province player signed until the end of the season.
“We are very happy about the extended contracts signed by Embrose and Warrick. It is fitting that they became Springboks with us and that they will remain Bulls players as their international careers take off. It is great to have a number of experienced international players in your squad and this will help in our goal to build a squad that can win the Super Rugby title again,” said high performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg.
“It is always a good feeling and a true reflection of what is brewing within the walls of Loftus, when your star players see their future with this union.”
Janse van Rensburg added: “Johnny and Conraad were great for us this year showing their true worth at Super Rugby level, and they will continue to develop and grow here, while Ruan and Mornay are amongst the most talented youngsters I have seen in recent seasons, so it is great to have them around for the foreseeable future.”
Gelant said he was happy to stay in Pretoria: “It’s an exciting time to be part of this team. There’s something special happening at Loftus, and I’m looking forward to remaining a part of it. I am privileged to play the game I love, with the people I consider close to my heart, and more importantly for the fans that give us this opportunity to live our dreams.”