Currie Cup

Bulls coach ponders captaincy

2015-07-02 12:00
Nollis Marais (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais is yet to decide who will captain the team in this year’s Currie Cup.

Marais earlier this week named his squad for the tournament, but he’s still considering who will lead the team.

“He (the captain) needs to impress me. If I name a captain now, then it’s over and out. There are a few candidates I have in mind, but I want to be certain of my decision,” Marais told Netwerk24.

Experienced players like flank Deon Stegmann and lock Flip van der Merwe are possible candidates.

Stegmann led the Bulls in last season’s Currie Cup, while Van der Merwe captained the Bulls in a few Super Rugby games in 2014.

Marais may also surprise by naming young centre William Small-Smith as captain. Small-Smith was SA Schools captain in 2010 and his leadership skills are highly rated, but he is not certain of a spot in the starting team.

Blue Bulls 2015 Currie Cup squad:

Fullback: Jesse Kriel (Springboks), Jurgen Visser, Jacques Rossouw, Warrick Gelant, Riaan Britz. Injured: Duncan Matthews, Ryan Nell (both September)

Wing: Travis Ismaiel, Kefentse Mahlo, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling

Centre: Jan Serfontein (Springboks), William Small-Smith, Dries Swanepoel, Daniel Kriel, Burger Odendaal      

Flyhalf: Handre Pollard (Springboks), Tian Schoeman, Marais Schmidt, Louis Fouché     

Scrumhalf: Rudy Paige (Springboks), Francois Hougaard, Carlo Engelbrecht, André Warner, Ivan van Zyl. Injured: Piet van Zyl (until 2016)

Loose Forward: Pierre Spies*, Hanro Liebenberg, Clyde Davids, Arno Botha, Jannes Kirsten, Deon Stegmann, Lappies Labuschagne, Roelof Smit. Injured: Ruan Steenkamp (August).

Lock: Victor Matfield (Springboks), Marvin Orie, RG Snyman, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Jacques du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Jason Jenkins. Injured: Irne Herbst (2016), Dennis Visser (Sept 2015).

Props: Marcel van der Merwe (Springboks), Werner Kruger, Andrew Beerwinkel, Nqoba Mxoli, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Trevor Nyakane (Springboks), Dean Greyling, Morne Mellett, Justin Forwood, Neethling Fouché. Injured: Pierre Schoeman (August)

Hooker: Adriaan Strauss (Springboks), Bandise Maku, Jaco Visagie, Corniel Els. Injured: Callie Visagie (middle August).

*Pierre Spies contracted until October 2015, indicated but not confirmed early release in order to go to Japan.




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