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
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:
Jesse Kriel (Springboks), Jurgen Visser, Jacques Rossouw, Warrick
Gelant, Riaan Britz. Injured: Duncan Matthews, Ryan Nell (both
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)
Pierre Spies*, Hanro Liebenberg, Clyde Davids, Arno Botha, Jannes
Kirsten, Deon Stegmann, Lappies Labuschagne, Roelof Smit. Injured: Ruan
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).
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.