Le Roux, Van der Merwe join Bulle


The Vodacom Bulls have signed a contract with Springbok full-back Willie le Roux.

Le Roux, who played for Toyota Verblitz in Japan, signed a three-year contract with the Bulls which means he will play for the light blues until June 2026.

Although Le Roux’s contract started on 1 July, he will not arrive at Loftus until the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup campaign is over.

Le Roux made his debut for the Boks in 2013 and was nominated for the world player of the year award in 2014.

“Willie is a world-class player with so much experience behind him,” said Edgar Rathbone, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company. “We will definitely benefit from a player with more than 83 matches for the national team to his name. In addition, we believe that his experience will really add more stability to our backline.”

Meanwhile, the Bok hooker Akker van der Merwe has also joined the Bulls for the next three years.

Van der Merwe, who played for the Sale Sharks, has also previously played for the Leopards, Lions and Sharks.

“We are delighted that Akker is joining us and a player of his skill and caliber will be a great addition to our franchise as we continue to develop and set our sights on success in the various competitions,” said Rathbone.

The latest additions to the team come after it was announced earlier that Jaco van der Walt, the former Lions and Edinburgh flyhalf, and Kutha Mchunu, who previously played for the Cheetahs and the Sharks, will also play for the light blues.