The Bulls have confirmed that Handré Pollard has been given permission to join Japanese outfit NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.
Springbok fly-half Pollard will move on a three-month deal towards the end of 2015.
Pollard will join the club in November 2015 and will return to Loftus Versfeld at the end of January 2016, in good time for the 2016 Super Rugby season that starts in mid-February.
"Handré is contracted to the Bulls till the end of 2017 and we are already in talks, with assistance from SARU, to extend that to 2019," said Bulls High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg.
"Handré had a clause in his contract to go to Japan and we are happy to release him for that. In the end, it will give us more leeway to keep Handré at the Vodacom Bulls for an extended period."