Bulls sign WP duo

Brenden Nel

Pretoria - The Vodacom Blue Bulls have pulled off a massive coup by signing the up and coming Western Province and Stormers duo of Johann Sadie and JJ Engelbrecht.

Both players signed their contracts until the end of 2013 with the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and will join up with the team on 1 November this year, after the completion of the Currie Cup competition.

The duo, who are highly rated across the country, will help soften the blow of several Springbok stars leaving the Bulls at the end of the season.

Bulls High Performance manager Ian Schwartz told SuperSport.com that they were delighted at confirming the signatures.

“Both players are exceptional talents and have proven themselves at Currie Cup level, while Johann Sadie immediately made an impact at Super Rugby level in his performances for the Stormers. We believe they will fit in well with the vision we have at the Bulls for the next few years and are sure they will become an integral part of the Bulls family.”

While both players have appeared more on the wing in recent times, both can play in the midfield and offer the Bulls versatility in their backline, which will see lots of young talent come through in the next few years.

Sadie is seen as a future Springbok and has come through the ranks after completing his schooling at Paarl Gymnasium. Having represented the SA under-20s at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2009, he was part of the victorious Maties side in the Varsity Cup in 2009 and 2010. He also featured prominently in the Western Province under-21 side that won the championship in 2010.

A product of Grey High, Port Elizabeth, JJ Engelbrecht moved to Western Province after playing for EP in the Craven Week. He was part of the Maties team that was victorious in the Varsity Cup and faced the British and Irish Lions for WP in 2009.

Since then he played for Province in the Currie Cup, and was part of the Stormers squad for this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition. He did spend much of his time in the Vodacom Cup and ended up the joint top points-scorer with 10 tries this year.

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