Kings trio off to the Bulls
Kings players Bandise Maku, Jacques Engelbrecht and David Bullbring are all heading to Pretoria to join the Bulls.
The trio have all been released by the Eastern Cape franchise and will join the Bulls with immediate effect. All three players have signed deals until October 2016.
Maku returns to the Bulls, with whom he won the Super Rugby title with in 2010, after stints with first the Lions and then the Kings. Like Maku, second rower Bullbring will be turning out for his third franchise having played in Johannesburg prior to his move to the Eastern Cape.
Loose forward Engelbrecht was one of the standout performers for the Kings this season and as a result his exit comes as no surprise.
Hooker Callie Visagie, who played with the Bulls this season on a loan deal from the Lions, has now joined the Pretoria outfit on a permanent basis.
"With the Kings not qualifying for the 2014 Super Rugby tournament, these players became available and we are pretty pleased to get them to sign with us," explained Blue Bulls High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg.
"Bandise and Callie will step in the breach left by the departing Chiliboy Ralepelle, David will fill the gap left by Juandre Kruger and Jacques will take over the role played by the two Potgieters (Jacques and Dewald)
"Waylon Murray, who joined us earlier in the week will add depth to our midfield ranks where the exit of Wynand Olivier and Francois Venter made us a bit thin on experience."