Bulls lure former Scotland playmaker to Loftus Versfeld

David Skippers
Jaco van der Walt Edinburgh training 2022 - Imago.jpg

Jaco van der Walt in action at Edinburgh training in 2022.

The Bulls have announced the signing of fly-half Jaco van der Walt, who will join them after a six-year stint with United Rugby Championship rivals Edinburgh.

Prior to joining Edinburgh in 2017, he started his career at the Lions in 2014 and represented the Johannesburg-based outfit in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby competitions.

Van der Walt was part of the Lions squad which finished as runners-up to the Hurricanes in the 2016 Super Rugby final.

He is also capable of playing at full-back and after moving to Edinburgh he quickly became a fans’ favourite, scoring his first try for the Scottish outfit in their Challenge Cup triumph over Stade Francais in December 2017, before enjoying a breakout season in 2018/19, picking up the PRO14 Golden Boot that same campaign.

Scotland debut in 2020

His impressive form at club level led to a Scotland Test debut against Ireland in December 2020, the first of four caps for his adopted country.

The 29-year-old’s move to the Bulls will be see him come into the Pretoria-based outfit’s squad as a direct replacement for veteran fly-half Morne Steyn, who retired from professional rugby earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Bulls have also announced that promising tighthead prop Khutha Mchunu will be joining them from the Sharks next season.

The 26-year-old, who is the older brother of Springbok looshead Ntuthuko Mchunu, also spent some time on loan at the Cheetahs two years ago.

He is a powerful scrummager and energetic ball carrier and is the latest Bulls recruit along with Van der Walt, utility back Henry Immelman, who also joins from Edinburgh, Pumas Currie Cup centre Sebastian de Klerk, Springbok front-row Wilco Louw (Harlequins) and utility forward Jannes Kirsten (Exeter Chiefs).

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