Bulls snubbed old sponsor

2011-12-13 22:02

Cape Town - The Bulls are finally able to sport the logo of their new kit sponsor, PUMA, after they won a legal battle against their former sponsor.

The Bulls on Tuesday announced a five year partnership with sports brand PUMA. The clothing brand will be the official kit supplier to every team representing the Pretoria-based union.

And according to the Beeld newspaper this was made possible after a legal battle between the Blue Bulls Company, the legal arm of the Bulls, and their previous kit sponsor, Gilbert. Gilbert was the union's main clothing and equipment sponsor for many years.

The Bulls wanted to end the partnership due to what they described as "poor service delivery and other problems". But Gilbert took the matter to court when it heard of the Bulls' interest in PUMA.

The saga was ended on Tuesday when an arbitrator decided in favour of the Blue Bulls Company.

The Blue Bulls were unable to play with either Gilbert or PUMA's jerseys in the recent Currie Cup and the players were forced to cover Gilbert's logo with stickers on their practice jerseys.

The Blue Bulls' CEO Barend van Graan says he is overjoyed that they could finally sign up with PUMA after all the legal problems of the last few months.

"PUMA is a brand that is young, dynamic, adventurous and proud. We look forward to launching our new playing kit within the next few days, a kit that we believe adequately reflects our style of play and rugby ambitions.”

Meanwhile, the team's away-jersey will look somewhat unfamiliar. Beeld reports that the jersey is pink with purple and blue flashes of lightning.

Wynand Olivier, Pierre Spies, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Francois Hougaard.


  • - 2011-12-13 22:27

    "pink with purple and blue flashes of lightning"? this i cant wait to see.

      Geoff - 2011-12-14 09:24

      Who cares about the colour did anyone notice that the CEO of the Bulls refers to their rugby as "dynamic, adventurous and proud!" Yes to the proud bit but dynamic and adventurous since when.

      Blou-Daan - 2011-12-14 11:04

      @Geoff Since they won the S14 three times. Do you live on a nother planet...?????

      Andrew - 2011-12-14 14:28

      @Blou-Daan: Whether they won S14 three times is besides the point; the comment was that they were dynamic and adventurous...which they definitely aren't. Their style of play was very effective under the old laws, not so much anymore.

  • steveroodt - 2011-12-13 23:35

    Bulls supporters must read this i think the bulls are going to make the other teams laugh them selves into losing Pink Purple And Blue Flashes Of Lightning

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-14 05:44

    its a lil busy i prefered their baby blue shirts as they were, just plain blue...Now i definitely will NEVER buy one,

      Blou-Daan - 2011-12-14 07:15

      I will be the first to buy. As a Bulls supporter I support the team first and then the shirt. And by-the-way, I love the new shirt from the first time I saw it :-)

  • Grant - 2011-12-14 06:09

    Did the blue bulls snub their old sponsor or did they just change when they got a better deal? The blue bulls in pink? A joke surely. "The Blue Bulls' CEO Barend van Graan says he is overjoyed..." Well let him tell his face about it. The photo looks like the bulls have just lost the currie cup. Will the team now be renamed the pink bulls?

      Blou-Daan - 2011-12-14 07:17

      @Grant Read the above artcle. Gilbert delivered poor service.....!!!! So Puma came to there rescue :-)

  • Gerald - 2011-12-14 06:58

    Can you imagine the change in name Blue Jerseys Blue Bulls Pink Jerseys Pink P

  • Arthur - 2011-12-14 07:30


  • Riaan - 2011-12-14 09:15

    Makes you dizzy ... so they might be miss tackled ? Clever Bulls ... if you can get something like that.

  • Chris - 2011-12-14 09:42

    A slow take over of the Bulls by the Stormers/WP!!! Started with WP players in coaching team, continious buying of Stormers/WP players and now a kit that reminds more of a storm than a bull. Even the dark blue colour changed to the royal blue of the Stormers/WP. Looks like Stomers/WP fans will soon have their B-team based in Pretoria.

      Jimmy - 2011-12-14 11:01

      For wee pee to have a B team that would imply they have an A team ???? Makes no sense mate !!!

  • Benmica - 2011-12-14 09:53

    Bulls is a question of the heart and not the shirt. Bulls forever...

  • Rory Litchfield - 2011-12-14 09:58

    Looks awefull!

  • Rory Litchfield - 2011-12-14 09:59

    Looks awefull!

  • bplupiya - 2011-12-14 10:30

    i can sleep in one of those

  • Dewald - 2011-12-14 12:54

    While they are laughing we will score, with our pink pajamas!

  • Kerneels - 2011-12-31 14:32


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