Potgieter says no to Bulls return

09th Jul 2014, 09:36

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Happy in Sydney: Jacques Potgieter

Happy in Sydney: Jacques Potgieter

Waratahs utility forward Jacques Potgieter has turned down the chance to return to the Bulls for next year's Super Rugby tournament.

Waratahs utility forward Jacques Potgieter has turned down the chance to return to the Bulls for next year's Super Rugby tournament.

Potgieter and the Bulls were negotiating a possible return to Pretoria for the former Springbok but a significant counter offer from the Waratahs was too good to refuse and the player has subsequently decided to stay with the Sydneysiders.

The player's agent, Gert van der Merwe, said Potgieter was seriously considering the Bulls' offer but the power of the Australian dollar means he will spend at least another season at the Waratahs.

According to reports in South Africa, Potgieter wanted to return to South Africa to try and make the Springboks' World Cup squad but the counter offer from the Waratahs was apparently almost double the cash the Bulls offered him.

"He certainly was looking to come back, but the deal he was offered was a good one, and it was hard to refuse," Van der Merwe told Supersport.

Potgieter's move to Sydney has proved to be a masterstroke by Waratahs boss Michael Cheika.

He has injected much-needed aggression into the Waratahs pack while playing at lock or on the blindside flank.

His ball-carrying has rubbed off on his team-mates and players like Kane Douglas and Wycliff Palu are playing arguably the best rugby of their careers while young second row Will Skelton has also developed into an accomplished Test player.