Currie Cup

Bongi eyes big Bulls send-off

2014-08-07 11:33
Bongi Mbonambi (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Blue Bulls hooker Bongi Mbonambi hopes to make a big impact during the Currie Cup before he leaves for Cape Town next season.

Mbonambi has played in Bulls colours for the past seven years, which started in his final year at school at the Under-18 Craven Week in 2007. He excelled during his time in Pretoria and was part of a star-studded Junior Springbok squad in 2011, which included the likes of Eben Etzebeth, Arno Botha, Nizaam Carr, Johan Goosen and Paul Jordaan. He's also been a regular feature in the Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup and Super Rugby.

The upcoming Currie Cup will be the 23-year-old's final tournament as a Bulls player as it's been confirmed that he will join Western Province rugby ahead of the 2015 season.

Mbonambi hopes to make it a memorable finish to his stay at Loftus Versfeld.

"I'll be looking to create more memories during the Currie Cup. I have enjoyed many during my time at the Bulls," Mbonambi told the MyPlayers website. "I hope to get as much game time as possible and contribute to the team during my time on the field.

"I've learned many things here at the Bulls, who have contributed a lot to my development as a player. I really enjoyed the family vibe at the union. Everybody treated each other like family, which is the biggest thing I'll miss."

While he will soon bid farewell to his Bulls family in Pretoria, Mbonambi expressed excitement ahead of his new chapter as he feels he can add plenty of value to Western Province.

"The offer came through my agent and I had plenty of time to think about it," said Mbonambi.

"It was definitely a move that excited me.

"I know WP want to play more attacking, and I believe I can help them achieve that balance. I'm also excited to work under their defence structures and fit into their game plan.  

"With regards to factors off the field, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. People have been joking that I can now learn how to surf because of all the beaches down there.

"I also have many friends who are still studying at UCT. I'll also be looking forward to catching up with the likes of Eben Etzebeth and Nizaam Carr, who were my team-mates before. I'm looking forward to experiencing a new culture and finding myself around new people."

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