The Blue Bulls have announced that promising full-back Jesse Kriel has signed a contract extension with the Pretoria-based union until 2018.
Kriel, who was called up to the Springbok training squad at the weekend, is the most high profile player amongst a group of up-and-coming youngsters who have signed contract extensions.
The other players are: current Junior Springboks RG Snyman, Hanro Liebenberg, Ivan van Zyl, Abongile Nonkontwana, Njabulo Gumede (all until October 2017) and Jason Jenkins until October 2018, as well as Warrick Gelant and Tinus de Beer who are contracted until October 2016 and JT Jackson until October 2017.
Blue Bulls high performance manager Xander Janse van Rensburg is delighted to retain the services of so many promising players.
"We are very pleased to have Jesse highlighting the huge number of younger squad players extending their contracts," he told the Blue Bulls' official website.
"There can be no doubt that we are continuously attracting the best talent in the country to Pretoria and it is very satisfying to see them wanting to stay on.
"This is a good indication that players are happy at the way they develop here and at the opportunities we provide to them to play at a very competitive level."
Meanwhile, Springbok wing Bjorn Basson has decided to execute his Japan option in his contract and will leave for the Far East shortly. He will be back for the Bulls' Super Rugby campaign in 2016.