The Blue Bulls have confirmed the impending departure of two more Springboks in centre Jesse Kriel and lock Lood de Jager.
The duo take the number of Boks leaving the union to three, as it was recently revealed that flyhalf Handre Pollard will bid farewell to Loftus Versfeld after agreeing terms with French club Montpellier.
On Wednesday, the Bulls revealed in their website that De Jager will join the Sale Sharks in England – where he will link up with Faf de Klerk and Jean-Luc du Preez among a heavy South African contingent – while Kriel heads to Japan to play for the Canon Eagles.
The union’s chief executive Alfons Meyer wished the pair well on their next chapter, commending them on the commitment they have shown in blue and well as the Springboks’ green and gold.
“There can be no doubt that both were very popular amongst our fans, not only because of their personalities, but also because of their passion for the Vodacom Bulls and their styles of play.
“Neither ever stopped trying to give 110% and both became Springboks that have graced the green and gold with much aplomb. We are sad to see them leave, but we cannot fault their contributions and commitments while they were here.
“We wish them well in their careers.”
Kriel has made 75 appearances for the Bulls across Super Rugby and the Currie Cup – earning 40 Boks caps, one more than De Jager, who has played 20 times in blue since joining from the Cheetahs in 2014.
The union earlier announced that veteran flyhalf Morné Steyn will make a return to Loftus after a long spell in France with Stade Francais.