Bulls release loose forward Ross to Stade Francais

Pretoria based Super Rugby franchise the Bulls have released loose forward
Jono Ross early from his contract so that he can join French club, Stade Francais.

Ross started his playing career with the Lions in Johannesburg and has also
played in England for Premiership side Saracens in the Anglo Welsh Cup.

The loose forward made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls in 2013 and he later
went on to become the first English speaking Blue Bulls captain in the Currie
Cup that year.

At the end of 2013 Ross signed a contract with the Blue Bulls company that
was expected to keep him in Pretoria until 2016 but he has now been released
from that contract.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke admitted that it was a set-back losing a former captain
and versatile loose forward, but pointed to the huge stock of talented players
that will still be available to the BBCo in 2015.

“Jono provided leadership and played at six, seven and eight for us when
our loose forward department was depleted due to injuries, but thanks to our
junior structures, the return of injured players and some new signings we have
a strong group for next year, ” Ludeke said.

“We have seen the likes of Jacques du Plessis, Roelof Smit and Janse
van Rensburg breaking into the senior ranks despite being juniors, while Lappies
Labuschagne also joined from the Cheetahs. “

“With Springboks Pierre Spies and Arno Botha also returning to action
and some proven players already on our books, we will have a very competitive
group amongst our loose forwards, ” Ludeke said.

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