Cape Town – Bulls forward Jannes Kirsten has confirmed he will be joining Exeter Chiefs in England from the start of the 2019/20 season.
The news was confirmed on the Chiefs website on Wednesday.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been waiting a while for the visa, but now that has been sorted, it’s great to be here and to be part of what is a winning team,” Kirsten said.
“If you ask any South African player, they want to come here and have a taste of the Premiership.
“They want to see how they go because it’s a great challenge, but one which ultimately makes you improve as a player.
“I’m expecting a more physical game here compared to that of Super Rugby.
“That will certainly fit my game, as will the quality which is very good here. For me, I like the physical battle – especially against the other pack – so I can’t wait to get started.”
Kirsten, 25, joins a worrying list of Bulls players set to depart the union in the coming months.
The list includes, among others, Handré Pollard (Montpellier, France), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles, Japan), Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks, England), RG Snyman (Honda Heat, Japan), Jason Jenkins (Canon Eagles, Japan), Hanro Liebenberg (Leicester Tigers, England), Eli Snyman (Treviso, Italy) and Travis Ismaiel (Harlequins, England).
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) July 31, 2019