Currie Cup

Blue Bulls bolster ranks

2013-08-08 14:41
Bandise Maku (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd have announced a number of signings ahead of the 2013 Absa Currie Cup and 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby seasons.

Three players from the Kings franchise - Bandise Maku, Jacques Engelbrecht and David Bullbring - have agreed terms with the Blue Bulls Company (BBC). They will join the Blue Bulls with immediate effect and will be available to the team’s Currie Cup 2013 campaign. They have been released by the Kings and will officially join the Blue Bulls on Sunday, August 11.

Maku, who won the Super Rugby title with the Bulls in 2010 and the Currie Cup with the Golden Lions in 2011, has signed for three years and will remain with the union until October 2016.

Engelbrecht, who has represented the Springbok Sevens team earlier in his career, has also signed until October 31, 2016.

Bullbring, who turns 24 next month, has played Super Rugby with the Lions and Kings and has also signed until October 31, 2016.

High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg also confirmed on Thursday that hooker Callie Visagie has been granted an immediate release from the Golden Lions and will join the BBC until October 2016. Visagie has been on loan from the Lions for the Super Rugby season, but this now becomes a permanent move.

“With the Kings not qualifying for the 2014 Super Rugby tournament, these players became available and we are pretty pleased to get them to sign with us.

“Bandise and Callie will step in the breach left by the departing Chiliboy Ralepelle, David will fill the gap left by Juandre Kruger and Jacques will take over the role played by the two Potgieters (Jacques and Dewald)

"Waylon Murray, who joined us earlier in the week will add depth to our midfield ranks where the exit of Wynand Olivier and Francois Venter made us a bit thin on experience.”

In addition to Jacques and Dewald Potgieter, Olivier and Venter all departing Pretoria, the Bulls have lost the services of a number of other key players through injuries.

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