Bulls explain Basson release

Date published: February 15 2017

The Bulls have stated they let former Springbok Bjorn Basson go because he wasn't in their long-term plans.

The flyer, who developed a reputation for his incredible aerial skills, was released by the Bulls to join the Stormers from the start of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The Pretoria-based franchise's High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg revealed that Jamba Ulengo and Travis Ismaiel are their preferred starters on each wing and it made no sense to keep Basson.

Janse van Rensburg explained that the 11-cap Springbok has not been in their plans since the end of last year's Currie Cup.

"Travis and Jamba are in our long-term plans and it would not have made sense to extend the contract of a Springbok when he’s not a certain starter," he told Netwerk24.

Basson has been at the Bulls since 2011 and accumulated 86 Super Rugby caps.