Ulengo eager to shine at Bulls

2015-01-12 12:00
Jamba Ulengo (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - Wing Jamba Ulengo hopes to make a big impact for the Bulls this season.

A move to Pretoria in July last year emphasised the 25-year-old's rise in the South African rugby ranks.

After emerging as a notable rugby talent at Jim Fouche in Bloemfontein, he represented Free State at Under-16, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 levels and impressed in Shimlas colours during the Varsity Cup.

His impressive attacking qualities saw him receive a Springbok Sevens call-up in 2012. He played for the Blitzbokke in 11 tournaments before deciding to sign with the Bulls, which he describes as an exciting new chapter in his career.

"The move to the Bulls is a big opportunity for me to express myself and to showcase my talent," Ulengo told "It's a great chance for me to see how far I can really go with my rugby."

Born and bred in Bloemfontein, Ulengo said he's already settled in quite nicely in Pretoria. 

"Life in Pretoria isn't much different compared to Bloemfontein," he explained. "It's all about how one fits in and adapts to your surroundings. I've made friends with many of the younger players, while I learn a lot from the likes of Bandise Maku and Akona Ndungane. Their experience and advice is invaluable."

The Bulls enjoyed two-week break over the festive season, but Ulengo decided to continue training during this time to ensure he's in good shape for the 2015 season.

"We had a bit of a break and I visited my family over Christmas, but I continued training. I want to prove myself this year," Ulengo said. "I hope to earn my opportunities during Super Rugby this season. I want to perform well, make a valuable contribution and play the best rugby I can. If I can achieve this, I believe more opportunities will come my way."

While Ulengo is focused on performing on the field, he's keeping himself busy off it too. He's busy studying marketing through UNISA, which will set the platform for life after rugby.

"The degree will definitely support me after rugby. I'd love to start my own business one day. I see myself going into transport, although I also want to explore my options in other companies."

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