Arno Botha returns to Loftus

Arno Botha returns to Loftus

The Bulls have announced that Arno Botha will return to Loftus Versfeld after an emphatic three-year display in Europe.

The 29-year-old loose forward is set to join the team as of July 2020, if travel restrictions allow.

Botha, who captained the Junior Springboks in 2011 which saw him being awarded the SA Rugby U20 Player of the Year, made his first class debut in the colours of the Blue Bulls junior teams before making his Currie Cup debut in 2011.

His performances in South Africa's premier domestic competition saw him earning a call up to the Bulls where he produced glimpses of his devastating potential.

His rise within South African rugby continued as he made his Springbok debut in 2013 before a serious knee injury curtailed his international career. He also represented South Africa A against the English Saxons in 2016.

A short stint with London Irish in 2017 lined up his move to Munster in 2018 where he represented the Irish province with his explosive, barnstorming runs allowing him to become a regular fixture in the starting team.

Botha has proven himself to be a formidable opponent and worth his weight in gold on the field and his return to Loftus Versfeld will boost the side's loose forward stock.

Munster Rugby Head Coach Johann van Graan said, “Arno has been a great addition to the Munster squad and will be missed. I’ve no doubt the #BullsFamily are delighted to see him return to his home province as he is a quality signing.  We wish Arno all the best for the future and thank him for his time in red.”

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