The Bulls have announced the signing of Springbok back Gio Aplon, who will arrive from June or as soon as he is able to travel back to South Africa.
Director of rugby Jake White has moved to build his player group since joining the Pretoria-based outfit and Aplon’s capture is an impressive coup.
The wing or full-back proved to be a nemesis of his new team when he played in the colours of the Stormers and Western Province for over nine years.
A long and illustrious career in Cape Town, which saw the former Hawthorn School scholar lifting the coveted Currie Cup in 2012, came to an end in 2014 as he moved to Top 14 club, Grenoble, where he flourished despite the heavier fields.
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Aplon joins the Bulls from Toyota Verblitz where he played under White’s tutelage, with his experience and amazing skillset set to benefit the team whilst also helping develop the younger players.
“The Vodacom Bulls have always been a formidable force in the rugby world,” said Aplon. “I have always had a great deal of respect for the brand and what it has achieved, and I am truly looking forward to running out at Loftus.
“Coach Jake has an amazing vision and plan for the team, and I am just honoured that he wants me as part of it. I look forward to making the #BullsFamily proud.”