JOHANNESBURG - The Blue Bulls Company confirmed on Tuesday that it had "come to a mutual agreement" with John Mitchell "regarding his immediate release from his current contract with the company."
Mitchell took over the reigns at the Bulls last year.
Barend van Graan, CEO of Blue Bulls said “We would like to humbly thank Mitch for his efforts over the last year. There is no doubt that he has made an impact on our brand, and we would like to wish him all of the best with his future endeavours.”
An official statement regarding his successor and the route forward will be made in due course.
England Rugby on Tuesday confirmed Mitchell has been appointed as England’s new defence coach until the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach," said Mitchell.
"I will be joining an elite high-performance programme, Test team and coaching group where I will use all my experience and focus to bring the necessary clarity and confidence to the players from a defensive perspective.”
(Additional reporting: ANA)