Lions centre Jaco Pretorius has agreed a three-year deal with the Blue Bulls.
The Bulls are short of experienced cover at outside centre and while JP Nel will return from Japan to play in the Super 14, the franchise clearly felt it necessary to plug the hole in a more permanent way.
The 28-year-old Pretorius has played in excess of 80 first-class matches and has represented the Springboks and Springbok Sevens sides.
Pretorius felt he was stagnating at the Lions and this prompted his decision to join the Bulls.
“I have been with the Lions for 11 years and although I received a few offers over the years I never anticipated that I would play for another Union, but this is as an ideal opportunity to revitalize my rugby career,” he said.
“I love new challenges and to play for the Bulls, which is the best franchise in the county, is a massive privilege.
“This is a very emotional time for me because the Lions have been very good to me throughout my career and I have a lot of fond memories that I will continue to cherish in the future.
“But I am extremely excited about the new challenges that await me at Loftus and I am looking forward to play for the Bulls.”