Wed 14 Apr 2021 | 12:44

REVEALED: Jake White on why 'Sheep' is back at Loftus

REVEALED: Jake White on why 'Sheep' is back at Loftus
Wed 14 Apr 2021 | 12:44
REVEALED: Jake White on why 'Sheep' is back at Loftus
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REACTION: It was probably one of the worst-kept secrets, but the Bulls have confirmed the return of a seasoned European-based utility forward.

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The Blue Bulls Company on Wednesday confirmed the signing of loose forward Jacques du Plessis from French club, Montpellier, effective July 1, on a three-year deal.

The French club revealed this past weekend that they have given Du Plessis an early release from his contract.

His deal with the French outfit – who he represented in more than 100 games – was initially scheduled to end in June 2022.

There was talk that he could move to Durban and join the Sharks – who showed interest in his services.

However, the Bulls won the race for the Pongola-born forward’s services.

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The 27-year-old Du Plessis, affectionately known as Sheep, started his professional career at Loftus Versfeld – where he made his Super Rugby (31 caps) and Currie Cup (30 caps) debuts in 2013.

He also represented the Blue Bulls at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

The former Junior Springbok and SA Schools flank, who can play at lock with ease, moved to Montpellier at the end of 2015 – where he went on to earn more than 100 caps for the French Top 14 club.

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Du Plessis was renowned for his uncompromising play and ferocious tackling while at Loftus Versfeld and cemented his style of play while in France.

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“Having Jacques return to Loftus is testament to what we’re trying to establish in Pretoria,” Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White said.

“This is a franchise where players want to be!

“His ability to play as a loose forward and lock give us depth amongst the forwards.

“Jacques is an extremely physical and uncompromising player, and we’re looking forward to his contributions in the blue jersey.”

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