Five of the Bulls' Springboks could be heading to Japan to further their careers from 2016 onwards.
Netwerk24 reports that Pierre Spies, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Akona Ndungane and Deon Stegmann will all join Japanese clubs at the end of this season.
Spies and Hougaard have reportedly received lucrative Japanes offers which will be difficult to turn down.
The Bulls' high performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, revealed that the experienced Bok duo's current contracts will expire at the end of the season.
Janse van Rensburg said no new contracts have been signed with the Pretoria-based franchise but they would like to retain the services of the players.
But according to a reliable source, it’s “almost a foregone conclusion” that the five players will move to Japan.
The nature of the contracts, and whether they will be allowed to return to play Super Rugby, remains uncertain at this stage.
Currently players like Cheetahs duo Heinrich Brüssow and Johann Sadie, Stormers veteran Schalk Burger and Sharks stalwart JP Pietersen ply their trades in Japan but are allowed to return to their South African franchises for Super Rugby.