Loose forward Hanro Liebenberg is the latest player set to leave Loftus Versfeld at the end of the Super Rugby season.

There seems to be no end in sight for the Pretoria based side as the 23-year-old signed for English club Leicester.

Liebenberg is a former Junior Springbok captain and a regular starter for the Bulls and has led the Pretoria-based side on numerous occasions at SuperSport Rugby Challenge, Currie Cup and Super Rugby level.

Liebenberg is the younger brother of Wiaan who is also a former Junior Springbok skipper who now plies his trade at French Top 14 club, Montpellier.

The Bulls were just starting to build a very good side that have the potential to compete for the Super Rugby trophy in a year or two’s time.

At the beginning of the year they announced the signings of Springboks Duanne Vermeulen and Schalk Brits as well as Blitzbok star Rosco Specman.

Everything look set for a team that can produce the goods of the 2007-2010 Bulls team.

But, captain and lock Lood de Jager picked up a season ending injury early on and he was the first to announce that he will leave Pretoria to join up with Sale Sharks.

After De Jager rumours were surfacing that Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard, Jason Jenkins and RG Snyman were considering overseas offers.

The rumours turned out to be true as Jesse Kriel signed with Japan outfit the Canon Eagles.

Handre Pollard signed with French team Montpellier and will join them after the World Cup.

Lock Jason Jenkins will also move to Japan after the Super Rugby tournament.

RG Snyman has signed with Japan side Honda Heat and will miss the Super Rugby tournament in 2020, before returning to South Africa for international duties. His contract are very similar to All Black lock Sam Whitelock.

We can definitely expect another couple of shocks at the Bulls as there are uncertainty over whether Vermeulen and Brits will still be in Pretoria in 2020.

 

Written by Carl Coertzen

Image: SA Rugby Mag

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