Cape Town - A desperate Bulls side has received a shot in the arm with confirmation star No 8 Duane Vermeulen will be heading back to Pretoria later this year.
The ray of good news was announced late on Saturday evening, hours after the Bulls suffered a fourth straight defeat in this year's Super Rugby season, this time a 39-24 home drubbing at the hands of the Jaguares.
Prior to that, the Bulls had lost 23-21 to the Blues and their opening two matches saw 23-15 and 13-0 away defeats to their fellow South African franchises, the Sharks and Stormers, respectively.
Not only have the results piled enormous pressure on coach Pote Human, they have also seen the Bulls pick a single losing bonus point to lie rock bottom of both the South African Conference and the Overall standings.
Vermeulen is expected to rejoin the Bulls in June, after the Super Rugby season concludes, but will be available for their Currie Cup campaign.
Vermeulen featured prominently for the Loftus Versfeld-based side last year before serving as a key member of the Springboks' Rugby World Cup-winning team in Japan.
Since then, he has been an integral player for his Japanese side, the Kubota Spears.