Botha stays, De Jager joins Blue Bulls

Date published: August 5 2015

Saracens loose forward Nick de Jager has left the Premiership club to join the Blue Bulls ahead of the Currie Cup competition.

The South African flanker, who played vital role in Saracens' victorious LV= Cup and A-League campaigns last season, will link up with the Pretorian outfit with immediate effect after two seasons at Allianz Park.

"Nick has a great opportunity to return home to play for one of South Africa's premier sides, and he leaves with our best wishes. Since he arrived in 2013 he has played a key role in our LV= Cup and A League teams and has made a real contribution both on and off the field. We wish him all the best for the future," said Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall.

De Jager made 11 appearances for the north Londoners since making his Saracens debut against Newcastle Falcons in November 2013.

Meanwhile, Springbok loose forward Arno Botha is one of a number of contract extensions announced by the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd on Tuesday.

Botha, a former Junior Springbok captain as well, has extended his contract till October 2017, with several youngsters also inking new deals.

"We are delighted at the list of youngsters that have opted to further their careers at Loftus. Jaco Visagie, Janus Kirsten and Nqoba Mxoli all showed their true worth against the Canon Eagles in Japan, and will certainly add tremendous value to our structures going forward," said the BBC High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg.

"Matthys Basson, Duncan Matthews and Kobus Marais have also shown an amazing temperament and hunger to take the next step into senior rugby."