Rugby

5 Bulls stars in Japan

2015-11-24 07:12
Jesse Kriel (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - While the Bulls are hard at work ahead of next year’s Super Rugby competition, five key players will return from Japan at a later stage.

The Bulls on Monday announced their Super Rugby squad for the new season, and confirmed that Grant Hattingh, Handre Pollard, JJ Engelbrecht, Bjorn Basson and Jesse Kriel will only join up with the squad in January next year.

A number of injured players will also join the fray as they complete rehabilitation.

The injured players are: Deon Stegmann, Jannes Kirsten, Nick de Jager and Travis Ismaiel (all to return in December), Irne Herbst, Morne Mellett, Jaco Visagie, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Hanro Liebenberg, Piet van Zyl, Dries Swanepoel and Warrick Gelant (January) and Callie Visagie (February).

The Bulls also indicated that they will play the Cheetahs in a pre-season game in Zimbabwe on February 6, while they start their season-proper with an away clash against the Stormers in Cape Town on February 27.

Bulls squad:

Forwards:

Props: Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Lizo Gqoboka, Dean Greyling, Nqoba Mxoli, Morne Mellett, Marcel van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Entienne Swanepoel.

Hookers: Adriaan Strauss, Bandise Maku, Corniel Els, Jaco Visagie, Callie Visagie.

Locks: RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Marvin Orie, Nicholaas Janse van Rensburg, Le Roux Roets, Irne Herbst, Grant Hattingh.

Loose forwards: Lappies Labuschagne, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Deon Stegmann, Freddy Ngoza, Nick de Jager, Arno Botha, Clyde Davids, Hanro Liebenberg.

Backs:

Scrumhalves: Rudy Paige, Ivan van Zyl, Piet van Zyl.

Flyhalves: Tian Schoeman, Francois Brummer, Joshua Stander, Handre Pollard.                                                     

Midfielders: Burger Odendaal, Jan Serfontein, Daniel Kriel, JT Jackson, Dries Swanepoel, JJ Engelbrecht, Jesse Kriel.

Wings: Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stigling, Kafense Mahlo, Travis Ismaiel, Luther Obi, Bjorn Basson.

Fullbacks: Duncan Matthews, Divan Rossouw, Warrick Gelant.

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