Olivier to take Japanese sabbatical

Wynand Olivier will join the Ricoh Black Rams at the end of the current Super Rugby season but will return to the Bulls in February for the 2013 tournament.

The 29-year-old centre will then go back to the Japanese club after next year’s Super Rugby competition, when his contract with the Bulls runs out.

‘We have decided to release Wynand from his Currie Cup duties for this period and allow him to play for the Black Rams in their Top League and Japanese Cup competitions. We believe this is a win-win situation for Wynand, the Bulls and the Rams,’ said CEO of the Blue Bulls Company Barend van Graan.

Olivier played his 100th Super Rugby match for the Bulls two weeks ago and has 37 Test caps, the last of which came against England in PE.