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Olivier heads off to Japan

Rugby

Johannesburg – Bulls stalwart Wynand Olivier will join Japanese club Ricoh Black Rams at the end of this season's Super Rugby series, the Bulls announced on Tuesday.

Olivier, who played his 100th match for the Bulls two weeks ago, would return from Japan in February 2013, according to the Bulls, and would be available to play for the Pretoria outfit again in the Super Rugby series.

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 17, Wynand Olivier during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province from Loftus Versfeld on September 17, 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

He would then return to the Rams at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season, 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,” Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said in a statement.

“We believe this is a win-win situation for Wynand, the Bulls and the Rams.” – Sapa

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