Bulls pick Spies to lead way

2011-11-16 12:27

Cape Town – The Blue Bulls rugby union have announced that Bok eighth man, Pierre Spies will be their captain for the upcoming season.

Spies takes over from Victor Matfield, who has since retired from rugby after the Rugby World Cup.

Centre, Wynand Olivier will assist Spies as his deputy, a role which he has already fulfilled during this season’s Currie Cup.

In a statement released on the Blue Bulls website, Spies felt humbled to have the honour bestowed upon him, though it was not a big surprise to him.

"It was not such a big surprise though, as I had it in the back of my mind that I could be asked to lead the team when Victor retired. I was privileged in my career at the Bulls and the Springboks to play with great captains and I could certainly learn a lot from them."

Spies, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2005 and has played for the Bulls 72 times, said he will try and lead from the front.

"I would like to try and do that. I believe a captain should lead from the front and I hope that will be something that I can do successfully. There are huge challenges ahead, but we are all looking forward to that. This group is younger than in previous years, but we have the same goals as those squads and that is to win the competition."

Incidentally, both Spies en Olivier attended Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies) and represented the Blue Bulls at schools level first before going on to represent the union at junior and senior level.

Olivier seeks to dismiss the notion that the Bulls have become a spent force following the departure of a golden generation of players.

"I like that responsibility. Anyone who wants to write off the Bulls because we lost players, do so at their own peril. I think we have a squad that can with the competition again.

"There are new faces, so there will be a challenge to make sure all share the same vision, but I see no problems in that.

"We have a great management team and coaching staff and they will get everyone to pull in the same direction.”


  • Lionel - 2011-11-16 12:36

    When Spies appeared in those Outsurance ads they used a body Double as there was to much contact for him:):):) Congrats Spies on your appointment,hope you lead by example!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Wesley - 2011-11-16 12:42


      Pierre - 2011-11-16 12:48

      Great comment

  • Wesley - 2011-11-16 12:36

    Waiting for the race card to be played here?.....who's first?........good luck to the bulls and their new leaders anyway.....

  • Brannas - 2011-11-16 12:51

    Yes!!! Yster Spies vir Kaptein, ek se' dit al lankal, nou sal die Bulle weer brul. Nou moet hulle hom net ook Bok Kaptein maak en dan sal die Kaap weer Hollands wees.

      Brannas - 2011-11-16 12:54

      Ek wonder wat het van daardie SAFFA-CAT tert geword en ek sal graag wil hoor wat sy hiervan te se het, sy was dan so n' groot bewonderaar van Spies gewees. GO BULLE

      Bigrp - 2011-11-16 13:25

      Jy leef in iemand wat nie die Bulls ondersteun nie, dink ek dis 'n great besluit, want nou gaan hulle nog meer sukkel! Indien hy ooit Bok kaptein word, hou ek op om die Bokke te ondersteun!

      Johann - 2011-11-16 13:35

      Spaar die Bokke dit asseblief, as jy dit doen sit jy weer met 'n kaptein wat nie die beste in sy posisie is nie.

  • Priester - 2011-11-16 13:04

    Eish dit is lekker om 'n Bulls supporter te wees! My tone krul van lekker kry! Spies I have my doubts about your abilities... prove me wrong! Blou Bul Groete!

  • Rory - 2011-11-16 13:05

    Not sure he's the best guy for the job, but lets hope for SA rubgys' sake that it brings him back to the force he used to be a long long long time ago..... - 2011-11-16 13:49

      the Force he was in 2007 before he got pulled from the RWC group. Is it a coincidence that his form dropped after being pulled from the group with what was rumoured to be the affects of steroids? And he's never been the same since.

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-16 16:15

      @aj ,that's all it was, rumors

  • Gerhard - 2011-11-16 13:09

    It is a proud day for us who knew his dad (Pierre Snr) personally. Pierre is a man of integrity and will carry Victor's mantle with distinction, I'm sure. Well done, Ouboet!

  • Benmica - 2011-11-16 13:20

    Ouboet, wys die manne dat die Bulle nie kalfies is nie. Kyk wat het die Leeutjies met die ou Sharks (springbokke) gemaak.

      Soetdoring - 2011-11-17 03:01

      Ek dink die Leeutjies het eerder die belangrikheid van 'n goeie afrigter gewys. Ssssssspies gaan nie keer dat die Bulle kalfies word nie - nee, die Bulle het eerder 'n goeie afrigter nodig om dinge reg te ruk.

  • BlouMasjien - 2011-11-16 13:37

    Bly Blou my volk

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-16 13:53

      Spieeeeeeeeesssss jou yster ! ! ! !

  • schalk.niekerk - 2011-11-16 13:48

    Lekker Dissa-Pierre Spies!

  • Calvin - 2011-11-16 15:14

    Whooohhoooooo - SSPPPPPPIIIIIIEEEEEEESSSSSS !!!! : )) Bulls future looks bright!

  • Calvin - 2011-11-16 15:14

    Whooohhoooooo - SSPPPPPPIIIIIIEEEEEEESSSSSS !!!! : )) Bulls future looks bright!

  • Johan - 2011-11-16 15:32


  • Calvin - 2011-11-16 15:47

    Spies power cleans 135kg. He dead lifts 240kg. He bench presses 165kg. Only mildly impressed? Wait, here are some more. He is able to do pull-ups with a 50kg weight between his legs. He can launch his 108kg body 1.4m onto a raised platform, sprints for 835m before slowing on a repeated sprint-ability test and has a body-fat percentage of 6.5.

      Gerhard - 2011-11-16 15:57

      Then start talking about his personality ....... If you don't know him, please don't show your ignorance!

      Kosie - 2011-11-16 16:13

      and with all that he still goes backwards in a tackle. if he wants to lead from the front i'm afraid the bulls will play backwards next year.

      Kosie - 2011-11-17 12:13

      @ blue, and that why i'm a shark supporter.

  • Pieter - 2011-11-16 16:21

    Pragtag! Yster Spies. Die mighty Bulls oppad na hulle duisendste Super Cup

  • Johan - 2011-11-16 17:32

    Ek onthou jou pa. Teen hom gespeel. Hy sou trots wees. Mooi gemaak man!

      Pieter - 2011-11-16 18:06

      @Johan In jou drome het jy teen hom gespeel jou aap. Gaan speel met jou lego blokkies

  • Pieter - 2011-11-16 23:41

    Moet sê die aanstelling as kaptein verbaas my nie! Ten minste gaan die Bulle nou nie van kaptein hoef te verander as die Springbokspan gekies word nie. En gelukkig het die res van die land niks om oor te bekommer nie - ons weet nou die Bulle is 'done and out'! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

      Pieter - 2011-11-17 06:19

      Foeitog Pietertjie, dat jy vir jou eie grappie moet lag. Al die ander lag vir jou spannetjie wat 'n dekade laas iets kon wen. Foeitog

  • Soetdoring - 2011-11-17 02:52

    So, what has Spies done to get the captaincy?

      Kosie - 2011-11-17 12:19

      steroids and a couple of adds

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