Bull fullback-cum-midfielder Jesse Kriel will depart South Africa once the season comes to a close after signing with the Canon Eagles in Japan.

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“I am extremely excited and privileged to be joining Canon Eagles,” Kriel said of his impending move. “I have played in Japan before and it was an amazing experience. I am very excited to be returning to the Top League,” Kriel told International Player Management.

“I hope to make many more great memories on and off the field in Japan. I am very grateful to the Bulls and Springboks for their continued support and backing.”

Kriel is just the latest in a long-list of young Springboks who will be heading for greener pastures at the end of the season.

The Bulls will be without flyhalf Handré Pollard, hooker Schalk Brits and first choice locks Lood de Jager and RG Snyman for 2019 while the du Preez brothers, Jean-Luc and Dan, alongside prop Coenie Oosthuizen, are all leaving the Sharks.

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