Jesse Kriel and SP Marais will join Japanese side Canon Eagles today at the end of the season as the pair become the latest to depart the South African shores.
Allister Coetzee is the head coach at the Canon Eagles and has played an instrumental role in recruiting the two players who will depart the Bulls and the Stormers.
Kriel began his career at the Bulls where he impressed from the first game at fullback before being moved to outside centre after playing there for the Springboks where he has since settled.
Marais is something of a maverick who began his career at the EP Kings in 2011 before moving to the Sharks in 2013 where he spent two seasons. He then joined the Bulls in 2016 where opportunities were few and far between.
Marais then decided to move to Cape Town where he became a revelation with the Stormers having scored over 120 points in 22 Super Rugby appearances and over 160 points in just 12 Currie Cup appearances.
The Bulls also announced the departure of Lood de Jager who was already known to be on the cards as he joins the Sales Sharks who have also just recruited Coenie Oosthuizen and all three of the du Preez brothers although Jena-Luc and Daniel are only joining on loan.
Kriel and De Jager to leave Vodacom Bulls
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed the departure of Springboks Lood de Jager and Jesse Kriel at the end of the current season and wished them well in their future endeavours.https://t.co/BiGqvGC8Em pic.twitter.com/8fyegV0GIV
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) May 15, 2019
The Sale Sharks are currently led by former Bulls player Jono Ross while they also have Faf de Klerk who’s form at the Manchester side saw him drafted back into the Springboks set up last year.
The side appears to have qualms about their strategy to bring in a large number of players and even poked some fun about the current events with the following tweet.
— Sale Sharks???? (@SaleSharksRugby) May 13, 2019