Matfield to coach Bulls pack

2012-11-20 11:13

Pretoria - The Bulls on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Victor Matfield as their new Forwards and Attack Coach for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season, while also naming Derick Hougaard as a skills and kicking coach and Handrè Pollard as part of their extended playing squad for the new season.

According to the Blue Bulls website, former Bulls captain Matfield was promoted from a consulting role into a permanent position, former Springbok pivot Hougaard comes into the Blue Bulls coaching structures for the first time and school boy star Pollard will be amongst the 53 players that will prepare for the 2013 season.

As a result of his new role, Matfield will quit his commentary duties on SuperSport in 2013.

Matfield confirmed his Bulls role on Twitter, writing: Back in the Bulls camp. Attack and forwards coach. Now for the hard work before the season starts. Luckily I don't need to run around.

Matfield's former Bulls and Springbok lock partner, Bakkies Botha, was quick to extend his congratulations, tweeting: @VictorMatfield Well done my Combo now your dream start all the best and know you gonna be a good Coach. God Bless.

The Bulls also announced numerous promotions among their coaching squad, confirming the return of Japan-based Wynand Olivier and the inclusion of two loan players.

The squad will include:

• Two MTN Lions players, Lionel Mapoe and Callie Visagie, on loan
• New signings Grant Hattingh and Paul Willemse, who played Super Rugby for the Lions in 2012 and Marcel van der Merwe (Cheetahs)
• 19 Springboks on the roster, including Wynand Olivier, who will return from Japan
• IRB JWC-winning Junior Springboks Wiaan Liebenberg, Shaun Adendorff, Marvin Orie, William Small-Smith and Jan Serfontein, alongside Pollard and four other schoolboy stars.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke also confirmed his new coaching assistants, which saw the promotion of various coaches from within the Bulls structures.

Blue Bulls Currie Cup coach, Pine Pienaar, will be the new defence coach, while Andrè Volsteedt has been promoted as Head of Strength and Conditioning.

Nollis Marais, who coached the Blue Bulls Under-21’s to a second consecutive Absa Provincial Championship title in 2012 and won the Varsity Cup with Tukkies earlier this year, has been promoted to Vodacom Cup coach and will continue with the Under-21’s and Tuks in 2013.

Xander Janse van Rensburg will be the new High Performance Manager, with numerous other appointments in the junior structures confirmed, among them Hougaard as junior kicking and skills consultant.

Ludeke expressed his excitement ahead of the new season.

“Experience has taught us that the hard work in pre-season is vital for a successful campaign. We could only measure the effects on the prolonged 2012 Super Rugby season now and will adjust our planning and training schedules accordingly. I am excited to work with the coaches in their new roles and believe we have the right mix of personalities, skills and expertise to make 2013 a success,” Ludeke said.

“Someone like Victor has so much experience to give back to our players and I am very excited to work with one of the sharpest rugby minds in the business.”

Ludeke confirmed the return of Wynand Olivier, one of only two centurions in the squad (Mornè Steyn the other).

“He will join us as soon as his club commitments end in Japan. His record at the Vodacom Bulls speaks volumes and Wynand will be an important player for us next year.”

The Bulls wider training group roster for 2013 is:

Akona Ndungane*, Arno Botha, Basil Short, Bjorn Basson*, Bongi Mbonambi, Callie Visagie, Chiliboy Ralepelle*, Clayton Blommetjies, Corne Cooper (schoolboy), Cornell Hess, Dawie Steyn, Daniel Kriel (schoolboy), Dean Greyling*, Deon Stegmann*, Dewald Potgieter*, Flip van der Merwe*, Francois Hougaard*, Francois Venter, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Handrè Pollard (schoolboy), Hencus van Wyk, Jan Serfontein, Jano Vermaak*, Jacques Potgieter*, Jacques du Plessis, Jean Cook, Jesse Kriel (schoolboy), JJ Engelbrecht*, Juandrè Kruger*, Jürgen Visser, Juan Schoeman, Lionel Mapoe*, Lohan Jacobs, Louis Fouchè, Marcel van der Merwe, Marvin Orie, Mike Williams, Mornè Mellett, Mornè Steyn*, Paul Willemse, Pierre Spies*, Rohan Janse van Rensburg (schoolboy), Ruan Snyman, Rudy Paige, Sampie Mastriet, Schalk van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Tiaan Schoeman, Tony Jantjies, Travis Ismaiel, Ulrich Beyers, Werner Kruger*, Wiaan Liebenberg, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Willie Wepener, William Small-Smith, Wynand Olivier*, Zane Kirchner*

*denotes Springboks

The promotions will see the following coaches in new roles:

Victor Matfield - Super Rugby and Currie Cup Forward and Attack Coach
Pine Pienaar - Super Rugby Defence Coach
Wessel Roux - Scrum coach (All), Forwards coach Under-19
Andrè Volsteedt - Head Coach: Strength and Conditioning
John-William Meyer - Super Rugby and Currie Cup Technical Advisor
Xander Janse van Rensburg - High Performance Manager
Nollis Marais - Vodacom Cup Head Coach, Under-21; Tuks Varsity Cup Head Coach
Denzil Frans - Vodacom Cup and Under-21 Forward Coach
David Manuel - Under-21 and Vodacom Cup Backline Coach
Shaun du Toit - Under-21 and Vodacom Cup Strength and Conditioning Coach
Divan Strydom - Under-21 and Vodacom Cup Technical Advisor
Hendrè Marnitz - Under 19 Backline Coach and Junior Defence Coach
Hayden Groepes - Under-19 Technical Advisor
Derick Hougaard - Junior Kicking and Skills Consultant
Nicki de Villiers - Nutritionist Consultant
Werner de Beer - Coordinator: Schools, Amateur Rugby and High Performance Activities
Henri-Charl Terblanche - Strength and Conditioning Coach: Under-19’s, High Performance and Schools
Dr Jannie Botha – Life Skills, Mental Coach and Counsellor 

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  • simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 11:17

    With the WIdowmaker back and the Victor in his rightful position as prince of loftus, 19 springboks - here comes the pain. the bulls are the only franchise with 3 super titles in all of south africa. make that number 4 next year

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 11:50

      Yip stem saam, ignore ou karavaan vark, hy is net jaloers en suurgat

      nagou.grote - 2012-11-20 12:24

      @simone Jammer dame wil net weet wie is die "Widowmaker" van wie jy praat. Is dit dalk Pine ? Aangesien so baie manlike ondersteuners as gevolg van sy afrigting styl, hul self verdrink het aan die brannewyn, die laaste CC.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 13:23

      Wynand meisiekind wunderkind window maker, de melmonche ending Olivier

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 16:11

      Hel ou varkie, ek sien jy het nou n' prentjie van jou boyfriend of jou fake fb, jy Bly maar n ou looser jy

  • ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-11-20 11:20

    Good to see Victor involved on a permanent basis - I hope he can bring something new to the Bulls Pine the defensive coach - hmmm, will refrain from commenting Great squad, well done to all the youngsters!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-20 12:06

      Must say I am also confused by some names not being there that have coached the Bulls very well over the years.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-11-20 12:09

      The names listed are only the new & coaching staff that has been promoted. Pieter Rossouw, Vlokkie are still there!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-11-20 12:44

      @Raven, hahaha, dead sure - only the new names etc listed.

  • jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-11-20 11:26

    Dank die vader hy is nie meer op Supersport nie!!!!!!! Attack coach nogal. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-20 11:32

      Actually, Matfield scored a number of tries from being in the backline and had many line breaks. So maybe they're onto something here...

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 11:53

      Ja, en ou bekker het hom try copy met die ook maar nie reggekry nie

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 14:41

      I sense fear from these wp interbreeders. Here comes the matfield to march us to Pretoria

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 14:58

      I believe tshwane is a municipal area consisting of Pretoria along with other sub divisions. Much like port Elizabeth and uitenhage and despatch is the Nelson Mandela metropol. But you are dof so don't expect more from you

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 16:15

      Simone, verskoon vir varkie, hy ken net karavaan parke, jy weet, daai groot een onder daai moerse berg

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-20 11:40

    Is 'slapchips'' still involved with the Bulls.......

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-20 12:00

      Bit surprised to see Pine in the mix,,,your thoughts Raven???

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-20 12:12

      Probally back in Cape Town - his family stayed in Stellenbosch, and only saw them 2 nights a week. With brother Chris coaching Maties, he might just pop up here.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-20 12:16

      Vic is an asset to any team............Rene cleared it up for us above.

      gert.malan.54 - 2012-11-20 14:12

      That list only includes the changes made. As far as I know, everyone that didn't go to the Boks stayed put.

  • - 2012-11-20 12:10

    Gert het jy jou medikasie vandag geneem? Beste speler ooit? lol

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 13:32

      But lambie attacks the line! Lambie breaks the advantage line! Lambie unleashes the back line! Lambie is a 100% goal kicker! Lambie is the new Dan carter! Yeah right

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-20 12:51

    Good luck to him,hope he suceeds and this from a WP supporter.

  • leon.swanepoel.522 - 2012-11-20 13:25

    Ek is bly om te sien die promosies in die unie staan sterk. So ook n genoegsame jong talent wat kan deurkom. Goeie groep vir volgende jaar. Marcel dink ek is die beste aanwins. Goed gedoen deur die BBRU

  • leon.swanepoel.522 - 2012-11-20 13:27

    Hierdie aanstellings is al die nuwes. Die oues is nie genoem nie en daarom is Frans en Slapchips nie genoem nie.

  • spiekeries - 2012-11-20 14:20

    Dan bewys dit she bear, Onthou vals tanne tel nie hoor

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-11-20 14:30

    Pine defense coach??? his defense lets more people through than the SA border!!!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-20 14:43

      Listen shorty, you don't know nothing

      duncan.biyela - 2012-11-21 10:43

      Do either of you actually play rugby? and Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge does not count!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-11-20 15:44

    within a year he will be called to the boks coaching staff as VM and HM have a special relationship haha and HM only choose bulls as assistant coaches!!

  • selby.sefume - 2012-11-20 16:12

    I really don’t see him adding skills and value to the forward pack. If anything, he will just be good for moral for a few weeks. Spies will still run sideways. Flip van der merwe will still give away penalties; chilliboy will still be limited in open play.

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 17:35

      Ten minste krap hulle nie mense se oe uit nie

  • asston.martin.54 - 2012-11-20 17:28

    spiekeries!.Wat is julle Bulls+#t ondersteuners so gepla met TANDE?. Laaste keer( 02/06/2012) toe ek op Loftus was, net die ry sitplekke agter my, as ek moes TANDE tel, dink ek sal ek so 2 bekke (miskien) vol TANDE gekry het.Die beste is almal van hulle dra Blou of Pink Bulls goeters!. So jou simpel Tshwane ding, gaan borsel jou 11 TANDE!.

      spiekeries - 2012-11-20 19:07

      Jy is deurmekaar ou, daai haasbekke wat jy gesien het was wp mense, papsak op die hoeveld mors met jou tjom

  • asston.martin.54 - 2012-11-20 19:59

    spiekeries! Jy is verkeerd!! Klink my, jy het ondervindig van die Blink Toekoms(Papsak). Dis nie goed vir mens nie. O,ja,Loftus(02/06/2012), Ek is baie seker daarvan!

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-11-21 08:24

    Dis nou net 'n kwessie van tyd voordat ons ons 4de S15 titel wen

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-11-21 09:08

    Who is Pine Pienaar?

      duncan.biyela - 2012-11-21 10:45

      The guy that nearly lead the Bulls to relegation!

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