The family of the late rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen said that the former Springbok legend made the decision to be taken off life support.
The Bulls announced that former Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks has joined the Bulls for medical and fitness testing.
With the start of Super Rugby a week away, the Springbok coaching staff and local franchise coaches met for a third time on Wednesday.
The memorial service for the late Springbok and Bulls legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, will take place on Friday.
De Jager, who moved from the Cheetahs, will form a lock combination with RG Snyman in a team that will also see the return to Bulls colours for Jacques Potgieter, who won the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs a couple of years back.
The team contains a mix of seasoned professionals, several referees who now have one to two years of Super Rugby behind them and one rookie in former Stormers player Egon Seconds.
SARU President Mark Alexander said there could not be comment on the process because all the contractual negotiations had not been completed.
Blitzbok winger Siviwe Soyizwapi said the structures and systems employed in the Springbok Sevens squad set-up makes it easy for new players to fit in and prosper.
The sweet feeling of victory will turn sour very quickly if the Blitzboks fail to perform at this weekend’s Sydney Sevens
Italy have been handed a boost after Brendan Venter signed a contract to continue as their defence coach until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.