Bulls lose Boks, get Steyn back
TRANSFER NEWS: According to South African reports, lock RG Snyman has signed a contract with Japanese club Honda Heat.
Bulls CEO Alfons Meyer told Netwerk24 that Snyman will not be available for the Bulls in next year’s Super Rugby competition.
The Bulls, however, hope to have him available for the 2021 season, with Meyer saying they were looking at negotiating a similar contract to what All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has signed with New Zealand Rugby.
Meanwhile, The Blue Bulls Company confirmed that Morne Steyn will re-join the Bulls for the 2020 Super Rugby season.
Steyn is still the all-time points-scorer for the team (1449) and played in 124 matches for the Vodacom Bulls. He left the franchise, the only one he ever played for in South Africa, in 2013 to join Stade Francais.
Steyn also played 66 test matches for South Africa and scored 736 points.
The BBC’s Alfons Meyer, confirmed the signing: “It is great for us, he is a very experienced player who can still play at the highest levels. He knows the culture and passion of the Vodacom Bulls as well as any one and will no doubt contribute massively, not only on the field, but also off it. We are very pleased to have him back in the Bull kraal,” Meyer said.
Steyn will take Handré Pollard’s place in the team after the latter agreed terms with French club, Montpellier.
Pollard, currently preparing in Melbourne with the Bulls squad to play the Rebels on Friday, indicated his intention to the BBC when a renewal of his contract came up for discussion.
The flyhalf, who has scored 581 points (nine tries, 110 penalties, 88 conversions and four drop goals) for the Bulls joined the franchise in 2013, straight out of school.
He has played 56 times for the Bulls thus far and became a Springbok in 2014. He also played 39 tests so far, amassing 339 points.