Bulls' Bok leaves the Kraal for Sarries
NEWS: Another Springbok has decided to head north and join the influx of South Africans in the Premiership.
The Bulls confirmed that Springbok scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl will depart Loftus Versfeld to join English club Saracens at the end of June.
Van Zyl joined the Bulls in 2014, directly after finishing school across the road at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool.
The 25-year-old former Junior Springbok made his first-class debut during the 2015 Cup campaign and followed this up with his debut in the Currie Cup later that year and his Super Rugby debut the following year.
Van Zyl established himself as a sturdy scrumhalf, unafraid of roughing it up with the forwards and providing a crisp pass that serviced his backline effectively.
In 2018, his hard work and relentless pursuit of perfection earned him a Springbok call-up where he made his debut against Wales in Washington DC and has subsequently amassed six caps in the green and gold.
“Ivan has led our backline alongside the veteran Morné Steyn, extremely well and his keen sense of the game has served our game plan perfectly. His direct approach, speed and strength will be a massive boost for Saracens and we know that he will be an asset to them and wish him well,” said Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White.
Van Zyl expressed his gratitude to the Bulls.
Thank you for your service Ivan van Zyl 🙌
Good luck with your future at the Saracens. Sterkte brother 👊
Read the full press release here: https://t.co/difdsBfqzL#BullsFamily24 pic.twitter.com/hmNoSTktv2
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) February 23, 2021
“I’ve always wanted to play for this team having grown up in Pretoria and watching the likes of Fourie du Preez and company,”he said.
“I must thank all involved at Loftus Versfeld for backing me and allowing me to chase my dreams.
“It’s not goodbye but rather until we see each other again and I wish all my fellow Bulls players the best of luck.”