Racing sign up Springbok
Top 14 side Racing Metro have completed the signing of Bulls and Springbok lock Juandre Kruger, it has been announced.
The 27-year-old represented his country in eight Tests since making his debut against England in June.
Kruger's contract with the Bulls expires in June 2013 and although the Pretoria-based outfit could secure his services until the end of next year's Super Rugby tournament, he opted for the move to Paris after that.
Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke said he understands why Kruger decided to leave.
"It is always good to know and to hear that your players are wanted all over the world, but unfortunately it is not always possible to hold on to them once those offers start coming in," he said.
"With the exchange rate as it is at the moment, it is very difficult to remain on level terms with those clubs when it comes to contract talks.
"We were very keen to extend his contract, but financially it was just not possible.
"We are very happy for Juandrè, as it is a great offer he received, but that left us in an unfortunate position that we could not match it."
Ludeke has no problem with Kruger's continued commitment to the Bulls in 2013.
"Not at all," he said.
"Juandrè is a real pro and I know we can still expect a 110% effort from him.
"We sat down as a group recently to discuss our goals and objectives for 2013 and I am very confident that we will get an exceptional contribution from Juandrè right till the last game of our season."