Bulls 'steal' another Lion

2012-08-02 19:39

Cape Town - The Blue Bulls have signed South African Under-20 lock Paul Willemse from their cross-Jukskei rivals, the Golden Lions.

This was revealed by Rugby365 on Thursday afternoon. Willemse is the second Lions player in as many weeks to join the Pretoria side after loose forward Grant Hattingh signed last month.

Willemse, who will join the Bulls next season, shined for the struggling Lions in Super Rugby and his departure will leave them severely depleted in the second row.

This setback comes after regular Lions captain, Josh Strauss, stepped down as captain on Wednesday. Strauss is not happy with his own form and wants to focus solely on improving his game.

Lions interim coach Johann Ackermann has handed the captaincy to prop JC Janse van Rensburg on a temporary basis.

Ironically, they play the Bulls in a friendly clash at Wits University on Friday night.

The Lions start the defence of their Currie Cup crown at home against the Free State Cheetahs on August 11


  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 22:24

    Saying that the the Bulls are "Stealing" players from the Lions is like saying that lifeboats stole passengers from the Titanic.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-03 00:27

      ...the Bulls buy young talented players and make them Boks.... ...the Stormers buy old has-been pensioners and watch them choke.......

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-08-03 08:28

      Well, you dont have a future at the Lions, anyway. I mean it must to hard to play you ass off, and gets critisised every week!

  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-03 00:16

    ...the Bulls have won 3 Super-cups already.... ....its obvious that every young rugby player wants to be part of this Super Champion-team....

      piet.poggenpoel.923 - 2012-08-03 07:18

      Why Don't we all just become Bulls then, seems that the Bulls are the only team in the whole wide world able to play rugby. Must be why they are the number one team year after year. Might as well all stop supporting their team so the Bulls can be no1 in the world. Then all the Bulls will be happy, because no one can play rugby, only the Bulls can. That's why i've always said a Blue Bull, Suzuki driver & VW drivers are all the same. Nothing else in the world is better than what they have

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-08-03 08:30

      piet, wou jou girl nie vanoggens styf le nie?

      markus.hugo.71 - 2012-08-03 09:30

      I can't seem to remember... who are the current Currie Cup Champions again?......

      jan.ferreira.5 - 2012-08-03 09:33

      Dewald, Pet het nie n girl nie. Hy't n................................. mansvriend.

      piet.poggenpoel.923 - 2012-08-03 11:20

      Gelukkig is ek al getroud Dewald. En nee dit gaan nie oor styf le nie, dit gaan oor elke 2e bloubull wat al die spanne en mense wat nie vir die bulle skree nie sleg se. As jy nie 'n bull is nie is jy 'n D@#S in 'n bull se geselskap. Jannas ou maat. Even al sou ek 'n mansvriend gehad het sou dit nogsteeds beter gewees het as die Hond waarmeer jy jou ou eensame lewe spandeer. "a dog is a man's best friend" se hulle mos, lyk my dit sal jou enigste vriend wees, want dit is net jy wat kom staan en dink aan gay goed op rugby kommentaar. jy kyk seker rugby oor jy nie 'n horing kan kry nie. Miskien is dit hoekom jy die Bulls support, naaste aan 'n horing wat jy gaan kom... lekker dag ou maat gaan vir goud.

  • claude.felbert - 2012-08-03 05:22

    The Bulls seem to be applying the reverse shotgun approach. Buy everything you see that scattered around, as long as it looks good. They hope that one or two, that were drawn in, will come together to be the Matfield or Botha of tomorrow! I expect many have moved because of short term financial gain and that is fair enough but it is the promises made or implied that may have added to the lure that sucked some in.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-03 07:04

    Super Sport=Bulls sign SA U20 star Rugby365=Another Lion crosses the Jukskei Stormers 24=Bulls 'steal' another Lion

      piet.poggenpoel.923 - 2012-08-03 07:20

      nog 'n ou bloue met 'n seer toon...

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-08-03 08:35

      Nog 'n piet met 'n seer Bal!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-03 07:13

    This is not stealing, it is just proper recruiting, stealing was what stormers did with Jacque Fourie and sharks did with Alberts and Ludick, where they have to go to court to get a person out of his contract. On another note, GLRU WAKE UP!! What are you guys doing? Really making it difficult for us supporters!

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-08-03 07:29

      Cry Me a River,get over it already

  • robert.dewar.12 - 2012-08-03 07:33

    Another usless traitor. Go to the bulls you didnot have what it takes to play for the lions.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-03 07:54

      another useless comment from useless IDIOT from that useless Union

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-05 06:08

      WTF does it take to play for the Lions ? tell

  • johann.verster.94 - 2012-08-03 07:51

    The question is not if it is stealing or not. The question is, is it good for the player. Look at Sadie you bought him, did'nt play him cost the union R1.4m. So in my view you buy players so they cannot play against you. Why spend R1.4m an not use the player? O what then he cannot play for the Stormers. I think any 20 year old would go for the money, if he does'nt play great no injuries... Sadie good move you saved your body for a year made R1.4m bucks and now you can really come and play rugby in the FREESTATE. Bulls you are going to regret this guy leaving, we will just whait a year and the we will contract Paul as well

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-03 08:02

      Rugby365 "Did the Bulls really shun Sadie?" he played a total of 448 minutes for the Bulls in Super Rugby this year - starting in seven games and coming off the bench a further three times. Sadie started for the Bulls against the Sharks in Round One, where he played only 13 minutes before he left the field and missed three weeks through an AC Joint injury. He returned to start against the Reds (played 54 minutes), started against the Stormers (50 minutes), started against the Crusaders (50 minutes), then came off the bench against the Lions (13 minutes), came off the bench against the Brumbies (20 minutes), came off the bench against the Rebels (25 minutes), started against the Waratahs (55 minutes), started against the Highlanders (played 62 minutes) and started against the Chiefs (46 minutes). Sadie then missed the games against the Stormers, Cheetahs, Sharks, Lions and Crusaders through a hamstring injury. That means he started in seven games, was on the bench in three matches and missed seven matches through injury. It is hardly the Bulls' fault that he was injured so often and given that they won seven of the 10 games he featured in, it was not exactly a horror run either.

      diep.dinker - 2012-08-03 10:53

      @Bloumasjien1 I always enjoy a good factual answer to a ranting lunatic!! Well said. @johann.verster You got told!! Ha-Ha!!

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-08-03 08:06

    Sal al die Bulls en Stormers drolle ag ek bedoel trolle net op hulle eie forums kommentaar lewer julle maak my naar.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-03 08:18

      Like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-05 06:09

      aubrey , you sure it's not your team that's doing that to you ?

  • johann.verster.94 - 2012-08-03 08:27

    Saide well you earned R3,125.00 per minute of rugby you played.

  • chanel.willemse.9 - 2012-08-03 11:05

    Paul is gebore PTA Laerskool Boereford Begin Hoerskool By Wonderboomsuid Toe het na Overkruin geskuif. Sy ma trek toe Namibia toe en paul doen toe sy Gr10 en GR11 daar. In sy graat 11 jaar het Die Lions hom genader en agv sy kontrak met hulle moes hy sy G12 by monument Hoerskool voltooi.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-03 12:12

      Dankie vir die inligting

      Samantha Taylor - 2013-09-07 15:07

      My naam is juan...hierdie is my meisie se foon...ek was saam paul in boerefort en vir 'n ruk in wonderboom ook...hy is 'n baie nice ou..

  • clive.ernstzen.9 - 2012-08-03 13:24

    Are the bulls unable to produce sufficient local talent? Other unions develop the youngsters then the bulls just throw huge money at them to lure them away. Shameful that they have to buy their way to success.

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-08-03 23:22

      The Bulls won the last 4 Craven week tournaments, more than sufficient young talent developed locally. Look at the following data and it is clear that the Bulls talent development is not only healthy but structured with a clear vision. Confirmed signings (Craven Week provinces in brackets) Blue Bulls: Jaco Hayward, Marcus Kleinbooi, Rohan Jansen van Rensburg , 11 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: Handre Pollard, Corne Cooper, Arno van wyk, Leighton van Wyk, Justin Basson SWD: Piet-Louw Strauss Golden Lions: Chris Massyn Boland: Wilco Louw Pumas: Kobus Wolmarancs. KZN: Daniel Kriel, Jesse Kriel, Carel Swart Border: Josh Stander, JP Smith

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-05 06:17

      clive , another imbecile

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