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Bulls lock joins Grenoble

23rd June 2014 09:43

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Paul Willemse Blue Bulls CC 2013

Big money: Paul Willemse

The Bulls have confirmed the departure of promising young lock Paul Willemse to ambitious Top 14 club Grenoble.

The 22-year-old player will join Grenoble after the Currie Cup on a two-year deal.

According to the High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hold on to players and to compete with overseas clubs.

"We tried our utmost best to retain the services of Paul. It is however very concerning that we are losing players at a younger and younger age to the overseas market," he commented.

"In Paul's case, we are talking about a massive offer to the player and one that is very hard to say no to. We certainly cannot blame Paul for accepting such a lucrative offer, but even if we wanted to, we could not match it as this is one of the biggest offers I have seen for a player of his age."

Willemse plans to return to South Africa in two years' time to make a bid for the Springboks jersey and could well be back in Bulls colours then.

"Paul feels that he is not currently in the mix for Springbok selection and have a number of locks ahead of him in the line-up, so wants to add a different element to his game by playing in the French Top 14, game time in France will see him improve as a player and we can reap the benefits of that upon his return." said Janse van Rensburg.

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