Bulls sign top school stars

2012-07-17 23:35

Johannesburg - Not content with their massive dominance at this year’s Craven Week tournament, the Blue Bulls Company has quietly assembled one of the best line-ups of schoolboy stars for their under-19 team in 2013, having snatched up almost every available schoolboy star in the country. reports that while there was a lot of hype surrounding the Bulls coup to sign SA under-20 flyhalf Handré Pollard, the union have also quietly ensured that the majority of their Craven Week team - who won all three their games at the schoolboy week by large margins - are contracted for the coming seasons.

But in addition to this they have snatched up some of the finest schoolboy talent as well to give themselves a squad that in schoolboy rugby terms comes close to an SA Schools squad on its own.

Pollard’s signature has meant that the Bulls pivot at Craven Week Ryno Eksteen decided to join Western Province and will be heading South along with Steve Meiring at the end of their schoolboy careers.

But while these two players will be seen as a loss, the Bulls have more than made up for it by signing a plethora of stars including the impressive Maritzburg College twins Daniel and Jesse Kriel.

While only Jesse made the SA Schools trial squad, both are highly rated across the country and will be expected to perform once they get to Pretoria.

The same goes for Free State hooker Corniel Els, Golden Lions flank Chris Massyn and his Western Province counterpart Corné Cooper. All three have been confirmed as Bulls as from 2013, and will be joined by Pumas scrumhalf Kobus Wolmarans, Boland prop Wilco Louw and three Western Province Academy Week players - Arno van Wyk, Justin Basson and Leighton van Wyk.

The Bulls have also signed the Queens College halfback pair of Josh Stander and halfback JP Smith - who were spitefully left out of the Border Craven Week squad when officials found out they had pledged their future to the Pretoria union. Both played for Border at the 2011 Craven Week.

These players will join 11 of the Bulls Craven Week squad already signed, with several others due to pledge their future to the Bulls, but who are still in Grade 11 at this moment and have not turned 18 yet.

One of those is the impressive scrumhalf Justin Phillips, who still has a year of school to go at Waterkloof but has already pledged his future to the Blue Bulls after he finishes.

Interestingly the Bulls had also signed Monument flyhalf Jako van der Walt, but released him from his contract when he had a change of heart, apparently after he heard about Pollard’s signature.

Confirmed signings (Craven Week provinces in brackets):

Blue Bulls:
Jaco Hayward, Marcus Kleinbooi, Rohan Jansen van Rensburg, Caswell Khoza, Heinrich Viljoen, Thabo Mabuza, Janse van Rensburg, Johan Bannink, Pierre Schoeman, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Bobby de Wee.
Free State: Corniel Els
WP: Handré Pollard, Corné Cooper, Arno van wyk, Leighton van Wyk, Justin Basson
SWD: Piet-Louw Strauss
Golden Lions: Chris Massyn
Wilco Louw
Pumas: Kobus Wolmarancs.
KZN: Daniel Kriel, Jesse Kriel, Carel Swart
Border: Josh Stander, JP Smith


  • marnusmnorval - 2012-07-18 00:19

    Pfft typical.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-18 00:22

      @marnus Wat's jou probleem ou vetkop?

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-18 01:44

      This is called good business investment!!!!!!!! SARU invested in only one brain cell and look at them now!!!!

      steyts - 2012-07-18 06:39

      Vodacom obviously gives them much more money than the rest of the unions receive from their sponsors... OR the WPRU just have absolutely no idea what they're doing when it comes to signing and keeping the home grown talent...

      papastorm.joulekeding - 2012-07-18 10:45

      BULLE HET DIEPTE (diep sak)

      Marcel - 2012-07-18 13:32

      obviously they are counting on spies to take them far cause they've only sign 1 x8th man, so no cup for bulls till spies leaves.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-18 00:19

    Manne, daar wen ons seker nou nog 4 Superkoppies in 'n ry. m.a.w 8 meer as die Stormers. Ai dis lekker om 'n Bul te is te is

      steyts - 2012-07-18 06:41

      Jou wiskunde is duidelik pateties!!! 3 + 4 = 7... Daar is geen manier die bulls wen die crusaders die naweek nie...

      shaun.reece.3 - 2012-07-18 17:08

      Johan you inbred retard, shouldnt you be klapping your wife in danville?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 02:17

      @shaun And that's as good as you can do? Not gonna do the first brain transplant are u?

  • James Parker - 2012-07-18 00:52

    Pretoria- The city with no talent

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-18 01:54

      I don't know, looks like they have a lot of talent!! What stopped any other province from doing the same thing!! If I remember correctly, didn't W Province sign their stars from the JWC??? It's a professional game get used to it!! Don't be like the Kings and expect everything to be given to you!!!!!!!!!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-18 02:21

      @James Parker Shame, you obviously not getting any

      WernerZA - 2012-07-18 03:31

      Cape Town, the city with no trophies! Haha.

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-18 07:15

      Werner that's low,even if we don't win the S15 cup,by finishing top we have won the S15 league,ha ha ha!!(To all suurgatte,its meant to be joke ne)

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 07:33

      Under-13 Craven Week Champions Under-18 Craven Week Champions Varsity Cup Champions

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 07:53

      @WernerZA - BAWAHAHAHA!!!

  • jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-18 03:44


  • - 2012-07-18 06:37

    lol hierdie is belaglik ou oor 2 jaar hoor mens niks weer van hierdie spelers nie

      gert.malan.54 - 2012-07-18 07:40

      Nou as mens niks van hulle hoor nie, is dit dan die Bulle se skuld of het die spelers maar net nie die mas opgekom nie? Op die ou end is dit net 'n handjie vol spelers wat dit maak elke siesoen. 'n Uiters belowende speler mag dalk al op Craven Week sy plafon bereik, maar indien sommige van hierdei spelers potensiele Springbokke is, sal die Bulle die eerste wees wat voordeel trek hieruit.

  • nick.jong.9 - 2012-07-18 06:53

    It's a pity the other unions are so slow to act. Becoming a Bull in rugby is going to become like playing for Man U, or Barca or Real in Soccer. It will be the ultimate dream for any aspiring rugby player. Hell, it already is!

      niel.walt - 2012-07-18 10:51

      Barca players have flair and skill, shouldn't belittle them by mentioning them in the same sentence as the bulls.

  • didi.basson - 2012-07-18 07:07

    Ons weet mos al lankal dat hulle moet spelers invoer om iewers te kom. Hulle huidige Cravenweek span was ook vol van ander provinsies se spelers. Dit is niks nuut nie.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-18 07:18 Please tell us who in this team were from other provinces. How many? Also check the other provinces.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 07:34

      Under-13 Craven Week Champions Under-18 Craven Week Champions Varsity Cup Champions

      rassie.devilliers.7 - 2012-07-18 09:17

      Suur gat!!!!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-07-18 11:11

      Ai ou didi, AL die spelers van die BB Cravenweek span was uit skole in PTA. Nie eers Limpopo of Johannesburg nie! Kry jou feite reg!

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-18 07:10

    You have to ask- are they signing these guys because they need them? Because you can only have 22 players on match day. Or are they signing them because they don't want other unions to have them....there are 26 names here. If they sign 20+ school kids per year, it means they will have 60-80 kids between 18 and 21! Will any of them actually get a chance to play?

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-18 07:18

      very valid point your making!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 07:45

      As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-18 14:28

      @frans Hou jou bek, jou aandagsoekery irriteer die res op die blog wat bietje wil rugby gesels. So dis 'n waarskuwing

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-18 18:34

      Johan Spies, lyk my jy het jou maniere in SA agter gelaat. Moet maar eintlik die hond na 'n buffel verander. What would Jesus do Johan?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 02:18

      @jacques Hop op die mofbus en kry dit oor

  • claude.felbert - 2012-07-18 07:17

    The Bulls must be desperate! They are weak since their top stars have retired and they think that by signing as many as possible they are building for the future. Those that have signed must realise that they can't all make it and many will be dumped. What happens next year when the Bulls try to do the same again and so on. They either are have far too much money or these contracts are a pittance. If meaningful the cost builds and builds, every year that they sign new players, if the contract is for more than one year. Soon you have to dump players or you go broke. With 28 signings do all these kids really realise that most of them are going to become rejects!

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-18 07:30

      The squad in the stormers are a young squad with exceptions for a few positions,so they feel they can go for the next few years and built continuaty in the team while bringing in a couple of youngsters.In the other hand by the bulls its a concern why they want to continue contracting so many youngsters every year.Maybe they are starting to lose faith and believe in their excisting squad and top players and feels its time to start over from scratch,which means not good news for the bulls supporters for the next couple of years as it takes time for players to get to know each other and gel together.

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-18 11:40

      So Ken, what happen to the 'rebuilding/planning' of the previous years.

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-07-18 07:35

    The Bulls management obviously know what they are doing. They are building a massive talent pool - Come on WPRU wake the EF up.

      Stirrer - 2012-07-18 09:32

      They are building up a massive talent pool from other provinces because Pretoria is drowning in its own gene pool.

  • wouter.dejager.3 - 2012-07-18 08:19

    I thought "development" have gone further ahead. I only see 2 "development names" in this list. Good for the Bulls to attract so much talent!

  • vinny.damoyi - 2012-07-18 08:27

    anyone know where Malcom Marx is going?

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-18 09:18

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-18 09:58

    It is good that the young players gets signed so quickly. The Bulls will develop their talent for the future. It also help, so young talent does not disappear!

  • hansieenelmien.myburgh - 2012-07-18 11:31

    Why is everybody so worried about this? So what if they sign half of the u/19 players at the Cravenweek. Do you think WP and Sharks have not signed any young players? The Bulls are the only union to name them. Why I don't know. Who cares? Pollard is about the only guy who can make a difference next year. The rest will either fall out or play in the junior ranks. This happens every year and I personally know of about 15 of last year's signings that did not make it and are back at home. Was it not the Bulls supporters that accused Stormers last year of trying to buy the Super 15???????? Shame!!!!!

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-07-18 13:41

    At this rate they will soon be called cradle snatchers Hehe!! The contractees are getting younger and younger. Soon the will be contracted pre-birth!!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-18 16:39

    The breeding ground of SA rugby donates these players to the k.kest union with pleasure, we have lots & lots & lots more talent than you think,.. so bloubulle wees maar dankbaar anders sal julle moes speel in die Vodacom Cup i.p.v. Superugby.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 07:07

      Calling your self "Minora", now that is irony

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-07-19 22:56

    Chris Massyn must be playing for food or "dop-stelsel" at the Lions...

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