Charlie Ewels has linked up with the Vodacom Bulls for the remainder of the 2023 Currie Cup and will return to Bath Rugby ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
The 27-year-old injured his knee whilst on tour with England in Australia and has worked incredibly hard over the past nine months with the Bath medical team towards a return to fitness.
As he continues to build his way back, Ewels heads to Pretoria for game time in a different competition and for a new experience.
He remains committed to the Blue, Black and White and will prove a key part of Johann van Graan’s squad moving forwards.
“Charlie is an extremely professional and diligent member of our squad,” Head of Rugby van Graan said.
“His attitude to his rehabilitation has been exemplary and the next step of his journey is getting back to playing competitive rugby. We feel the Bulls environment will benefit his game and it will be like having a new signing when he returns to the club in the summer.”
Ewels commented: “It is a really exciting opportunity to be experiencing a new country and different competition.
“I’m extremely grateful for the support I’ve received from everyone here at Bath whilst I’ve been injured, particularly the medical and S&C departments.
“I haven’t played any rugby since June 2022 so to be able to gain some minutes with an unbelievable franchise like the Bulls is going to be a fantastic experience. I want to soak up as much as I can whilst I’m in Pretoria before returning to Bath.
“It hasn’t been easy this season not being able to contribute on the field, but I genuinely believe there is an exciting journey ahead of us and I’m committed to being a part of that.”
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