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Christmas has come early as the Vodacom Bulls unwrapped their latest addition to their playing squad with the arrival of versatile backline player, Chris Smit.

The 27-year-old, who plays at both centre and flyhalf, has joined the Vodacom Bulls after a successful three-year stint with the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Smit was schooled at Paul Roos Gymnasium before featuring for Maties in the Varsity Cup between 2015 and 2019. He then had a brief spell with the Windhoek Draught Griquas in 2019 and that same year he was signed by the Toyota Cheetahs.

The utility back has signed a three-year deal with the Vodacom Bulls that will see him remain at Loftus Versfeld until 2025.

“We have been following Chris Smit’s rise very closely. He has certainly proven himself as an outstanding talent that has quite a bit to offer on the field and as a team man,” said Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White.

“We are very excited to have Chris as part of our squad. We have a tough season ahead with the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, the Heineken Champions Cup and the Carling Currie Cup awaiting us. Chris’ contribution will prove invaluable in these campaigns. We wish him the very best at the Vodacom Bulls.”

Smit’s arrival at Loftus Versfeld follows that of winger, S’bu Nkosi, centre Wandisile Simelane and loose-forwards Mihlali Mosi and Phumzile Maqondwana. These new recruits signed for the Vodacom Bulls after the arrival of prop Dylan Smith and lock Ruan Vermaak.

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