Utility forward Jannes Kirsten has agreed to join English club Exeter Chiefs for the 2019-20 European season.
The 25-year-old, who is equally adept at lock or in the loose trio, joined the Bulls’ ranks in 2012 and made his Currie Cup debut in 2015 and his Vodacom Super Rugby debut in 2016.
Commenting on his move to the Exeter Chiefs, Kirsten said: ‘I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been waiting a while for the visa, but now that has been sorted, it’s great to be here and to be part of what is a winning team.’
‘If you ask any South African player, they want to come here and have a taste of the Premiership. They want to see how they go because it’s a great challenge, but one which ultimately makes you improve as a player.
‘I’m expecting a more physical game here compared to that of Super Rugby. That will certainly fit my game, as will the quality which is very good here. For me, I like the physical battle – especially against the other pack – so I can’t wait to get started.’