Sibusiso Mjikeliso – Sport24
Former Springbok loose-forward Ashley Johnson declined an method from the Bulls and selected as an alternative to stay at English membership London Wasps, the place he’s been based mostly since leaving the Cheetahs in 2012.
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Johnson, who narrowly missed out on a spot within the 2011 Springbok World Cup squad, was one of many first gamers reported to be on new Bulls director of rugby Jake White’s most needed listing. Nonetheless, Johnson declined the chance as a result of it could trigger an excessive amount of disruption to his household to maneuver again to South Africa.
His solely three Take a look at matches got here beneath Peter de Villiers within the 2011 Tri-Nations however he was not thought-about for the squad to go to New Zealand that yr regardless of being one of many in-form forwards on the time.
The 33-year-old has a yr left on his contract with Wasps however has additionally been earmarked for teaching a job with the English Rugby Soccer Union (RFU) as soon as he calls time on his taking part in profession. It’s unclear at this stage what the specifics of the position is likely to be.
White has been seeking to beef up the expertise within the Bulls ranks since becoming a member of the Pretoria franchise in March.
Fullback Gio Aplon, 37, was on Wednesday confirmed to have signed with the franchise, becoming a member of prop Marcel van der Merwe, 29, who’s returning to Loftus after 4 years at French membership Toulon.