Bulls bag Julies

The Vodacom Blue Bulls will be welcoming yet another Lions player to Pretoria next season, as it has been confirmed that centre Wayne Julies is heading north of the Jukskei.

The 27-year-old Julies has not been offered a new contract with the Lions, with talented midfielders like Jaco Pretorius, Jaco van Schalkwyk and Doppies la Grange keeping him out of the starting line-up for the better part of the 2006 season.

Despite playing 27 Super Rugby games for the Cats side, he has only gained nine provincial caps since 2004. His achievements with the Springboks are equally sporadic, having played just nine Tests for the Springboks in eight years, scoring two tries. He last played off the bench against France on 24 June.

It is also uncertain just how much game time he will receive with the Bulls in the Vodacom Super 14, as the Pretoria-based franchise have centres Wynand Olivier, JP Nel, Dries Scholtz and Frikkie Welsh to choose from. However, the Bulls confirmed that they have been looking to sign a specialist inside centre for some time now. This is why Marius Joubert was not pursued by the union, and has since signed with the Vodacom Cheetahs.