Cronje swaps Bulls for Lions
Bulls utility back Lionel Cronje has been released from his contract to take up an offer with the Lions.
Althoughthe Bulls have allowed the move to give Cronje more game time, he can apparently be recalled to the Pretoria-based franchise if injuries in the Super Rugby tournament necessitate it.
Cronje was not included in the Bulls' 53-man squad on Tuesday, and coach Frans Ludeke said it was simply a case of looking after the player's welfare.
"It’s a way to ensure he has more time on the field," Ludeke told Supersport
"We have released him for the good of his career.
Cronje was part of a trio of back-line players who moved to the Bulls from Western Province at the end of 2011.
JJ Engelbrecht flourished in Pretoria and became a Springbok but Johan Sadie asked to be released from his contract, after six months, and joined the Cheetahs.
Despite a good Vodacom Cup season, Cronje was given very little game time in the Currie Cup and it is understandable he would be looking to get onto the field rather than sit on the sidelines again.