Pretoria - His no-nonsense approached struck a chord in the corridors of Loftus Versfeld
and earned coach Nollis Marais the Bulls’ Super Rugby coaching job for the next
board has appointed Nollis Marais as the Super Rugby coach at our board meeting
on Friday for a four-year term,” Blue Bulls company chief executive Barend van
Graan said on Friday evening.
Nollis what you see is what you get. He is a straight shooter and coached at
every level in Bulls country.
Marais’ appointment as interim coach of the Currie Cup side, the team has gone
through a metamorphosis in terms of playing style and winning seven of their
nine matches so far this season.
Blue Bulls have impressed with their expansive playing style while the team is
on the cusp of clinching their first home semi-final since 2008.
uncompromising style has earned him the nickname ‘Chuck Nollis’ with his
fearless attitude one of his key qualities.
of his biggest attributes, he is fearless and you can see it in his approach,
the way he dramatically changed the game plan,” Van Graan said.
is fearless when leaving players out of his team whether they are junior or
senior players when they do not perform.”
approach is in stark contrast to the culture that existed where the coach
persisted with what he felt comfortable with both in terms of the personnel and
brand like ours it is not the CEO that changes the direction of a company the
core of our production machine is the head coach,” Van Graan said.
needs to supply the energy and life to the brand and the rest should be there
to support him.”
Graan said the remainder of the coaching teams will be announced during the
course of the next two weeks while Marais would be given carte blanche on his
current assistant coach David Manuel should have the inside track to get the
backline coaching position.
has been responsible for injecting flair into the Bulls backline that has been
one of the defining features of the team.
Graan said the transformation of the team since the start of the Currie Cup and
the surge in attendance figures contributed to Marais’ appointment.
he’s done with our team over the last 12 weeks taking them to our supporters
with coaching clinics and having signing sessions after matches,” Van Graan
could see how the tide has turned over the past few weeks, you could see it in
the attendance figures doubling from last year.”