Access to more black talent for Bulls
Cape Town - Bulls CEO Barend van Graan says their
partnership with three smaller unions will help in their quest to select more
players of colour.
The Pretoria franchise recently announced a partnership with
Border, Boland and the Pumas, who will in future form part of the Bulls’ Super
“The Bulls are excited about the partnership, as we firmly
believe that this strategic relationship will not only benefit the teams
involved but will certainly enhance rugby in the various regions, ultimately
strengthening the franchise and improving the Bulls performances in the long
term,” Van Graan said earlier this month.
With transformation a big talking point in South African
sport at present, the Bulls realised they had to find ways change the racial
demographics of their teams.
In an interview with Netwerk24 this week, Van Graan admitted
that the new partnership will aid the Bulls in their transformation goals.
“Where we always had to act like the enemy and poach
players, we can now do it as a partner. We don’t have schools that produce
enough coloured and black players. The process will be coordinated between all
the unions,” said Van Graan.
“The four unions will still operate independently. This is a
cooperation agreement and we have no say in how the other unions operate. The
aim of this partnership is to improve the unions’ performance on and off the