Cape Town - Flyhalf Handré Pollard will join the rest
of the Bulls squad on December 4 for a pre-season camp in George and is
expected to make a return to the playing field on January 28, 2017 when the Bulls will face a South African Super Rugby opponent in Zimbabwe in
their first match of the year.
Pollard missed the 2016 season due to knee
and shoulder injuries, but he is among a host of players, including
midfielder Jan Serfontein, that has recovered well and will return to the squad
at the training camp that will last until December 16.
A big squad is currently training in
Pretoria and Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, will cut the numbers before
they travel to George for the camp.
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed
on Friday that Irne Herbst and Dayan van der Westhuizen will be on loan to the
Southern Kings for the 2017 Super Rugby season.
"This is a great opportunity for them
to play Super Rugby and continue their development and progress as
players," BBC's High Performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg said.
"We realise the importance of depth
if you want to win a Super Rugby title, but it is also in the best interest of
South African rugby and the players to have them on the field and playing, so
we have no problem with them playing at the Kings in 2017."
A large number of junior players are
currently with the squad and according to Janse van Rensburg, this is done on
"We have been bringing in juniors to
train with the senior squad since 2011 and it works well for us. We will expose
our Under-19 recruits like Hanru Sirgel, Kwezi Mafu, JC Pretorius, Jerome
Bossr, Christiaan Strydom and Cabous Eloff to the senior group. We deem it
important to create opportunities for youngster to be exposed to senior and
Super Rugby training sessions and players. In order for us to fast-track them
and make the gap smaller, they need to measure themselves against the top
players and we believe its integral part of their growth and development as a
player. We will be constantly doing this with all the junior players,"
Janse van Rensburg confirmed.
Western Province Under-21 wing, Sibahle
“Rabs” Maxwane and Junior Springbok and Free State Under-21 prop Conraad van
Vuuren, has also joined the Blue Bulls, he confirmed.
Provisional warm-up fixtures for 2017:
January 28: South African Super Rugby
February 8: Chiefs (Brisbane)
February 10/11: Brisbane 10's
Extended Vodacom Bulls training squad
Utility backs: Duncan Matthews, Divan
Rossouw, Manie Libbok, Jesse Kriel, Earll Dowrie
Fullbacks: Warrick Gelant, Ulrich Beyers
Wings: Luther Obi, Kafentse Mahlo, Irvin
Ali, Andell Loubser, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling, Travis Ismaiel, Sibahle
Centres: Dries Swanepoel, Johnny Kotze,
Jan Serfontein, Franco Naude, Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Boeta Hamman
Flyhalves: Francois Brummer, Tony
Jantjies, Joshua Stander, Tian Schoeman, Handré Pollard
Scrumhalves: Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner,
Embrose Papier, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl
Loose Forwards: Renaldo Bothma, Hanro
Liebenberg, Freddy Ngoza, Arno Botha, Nic de Jager, Abongile Nonkontwana, Ryno
Pieterse, Jannes Kirsten, Ruan Steenkamp, Shaun Adendorff, Roelof Smit, Jacques
Potgieter, Eduan Lubbe, Marco van Staden
Lock: Eli Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Lood de
Jager, Jason Jenkins, Ruben van Heerden, RG Snyman
Props: Jacobie Adriaanse, Conraad van
Vuuren, John-Roy Jenkinson, Martin Dreyer, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman,
Gerhard Steenekamp, Lizo Gqoboka, Nqoba Mxoli
Hookers: Jaco Visagie, Edgar Marutlulle,
Corniel Els, Adriaan Strauss, Alandre van Rooyen