The Bulls have confirmed the release of recently recruited flank Daniel Adongo.
The 23-year-old was lured from the Sharks earlier this year after an extended chase, but has spent just six months at the franchise, in which time he has failed to break into the Super Rugby group.
He will join New Zealand side Counties Manakua with immediate effect. All Blacks legend Tana Umaga spotted Adongo playing for the Elgin Warriors against the touring English Counties team in Nairobi in June, and offered him a two-year deal with Counties.
After discussions with the Bulls, Adongo established that he was well down in the loose forward pecking order and requested to be released from his contract. Adongo is highly rated by Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer, who was the central figure in bringing him to the union.
Adongo is the second flank to be released this season, following CJ Stander’s departure for Ireland. ‘You never want to lose players with that much ability but one can understand that in both cases it is about playing opportunities and the financial benefits for both of them. At the Bulls we have released so many guys in the past and they have come back. We will stay in touch, follow their progress and hopefully they will come back,’ coach Frans Ludeke told the Pretoria News duo’s departure.