Jake White’s Bulls sign Lions center Simelane

The Bulls have confirmed they have signed returning utility Wandisile Simelane from the Lions.

The former SA Under-18 and Junior Springbok has signed a two-year contract which will keep him at Loftus Versfeld until 2024.

The 24-year-old is a versatile player who is equally skilled at centre, full-back and wing and will give the Vodacom Bulls side more depth away from home.

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Before carving out an exciting senior career for the Emirates Lions in the United Rugby Championship, Vodacom Super Rugby, Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup and Carling Currie Cup between 2018 and this year, Simelane played all of his junior rugby between 2011 and 2019 for the Rugby Golden Lions Federation.

The former Jeppe High School and two-time SA Under-20 star is widely regarded as one of the most exciting talents in South African rugby.

“It has been widely reported that there has been widespread interest in Wandile Simelane’s services across the world. It speaks to the talent and value he has as a player. We are very happy to have added him to our squad at the Vodacom Bulls,” Bulls director of rugby Jake White said. “Wandi’s talent and what he brings to any team needs no explanation – his efforts on the pitch speak for themselves.

“We are sure he will add a different dynamic to our backline and fit in perfectly with the way we want to play. We can’t wait to see what he does in the blue jersey in the coming season and the next few years at Loftus. It’s also an added bonus that his versatility can see him fit in at full-back, wing and centre.

Simelane’s arrival follows the signing of loose forwards Mihlali Mosi and Phumzile Maqondwana, as well as earlier signings Sbu Nkosi, Ruan Vermaak and Dylan Smith.

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Charles P. Patton