United Rugby Championship: Wandisile Simelane swaps Lions for Bulls

David Skippers

The Bulls have bolstered their backline stocks ahead of the 2022/23 United Rugby Championship campaign with the signing of outside back Wandisile Simelane.

Simelane joins the Pretoria-based outfit from South African rivals the Lions and has signed a two-year contract, which means he will remain with the Bulls until at least 2024.

The 24-year-old former South Africa U20 star was part of the Springbok squad in 2021 but is yet to make his Test debut.

Primarily a centre, Simelane can also play at full-back and on the wing and Bulls director of rugby Jake White is delighted that he will be joining his side.

“It has been widely reported that there has been widespread interest for the services of Wandile Simelane from across the globe,” said White.

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“That speaks to the talent and value that he has as a player. We are very happy to have added him to our squad at the Vodacom Bulls.

“Wandi’s talent and what he brings to any team needs no explanation – his efforts on the field speak for themselves. We are certain that he will add a different dynamic to our backline and will fit in perfectly to how we want to play.

“We look forward to seeing what he will do in the blue jersey in the upcoming season and next few years at Loftus. It is also an added bonus that his versatility can see him slot in at full-back, wing and centre.”

Simelane’s move comes after the Bulls also confirmed that promising back-rowers Mihlali Mosi and Phumzile Maqondwana will be joining them, as well as the recruitment of Sbu Nkosi, Ruan Vermaak and Dylan Smith earlier this year.

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