Stegmann travels with Bulls

2012-04-24 14:22

Pretoria - The Vodacom Bulls will welcome back injured stars Deon Stegmann and Willie Wepener to their travelling squad for the four games in Australia and New Zealand.

With the bulk of the squad at the Springbok training camp at the moment, the team will be off from Thursday to Monday, where they will leave for their first destination of Melbourne ahead of next weekend’s match against the Rebels.

Also in the squad are Flip van der Merwe and Dean Greyling, both who missed the win over the Brumbies with injury. The rest of the squad is the 22-man match day team that defeated the Brumbies 36-34 at Loftus Versfeld last week.

Stegmann however will have to pass a late fitness test before travelling, and will need to convince the management that his hamstring injury is okay. If he can’t prove his fitness, the team will leave without him, and as soon as he is declared fit he will rejoin the team wherever they are.

Wepener is suffering from Gamsay Hunt syndrome, a virus that attacked his facial muscles, but his condition has improved to such an extent that he will be able to tour with the team. He last played against the Reds in week four.

Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the four matches will determine their season.

“We are in a good spot at the moment. We have no serious injury concerns and will travel with some momentum after the last win over the Brumbies. The bye was also a good one and the players were able to refresh mentally. We will need to win on the road though if we want to stay in the hunt for the play-off position.”

Van der Merwe had a groin strain and Greyling a scapula injury, but both were short term and are expected to be fit for consideration for the Rebels game next weekend.

Bulls squad:

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Johann Sadie, Louis Fouché, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (captain), Arno Botha, Deon Stegmann, Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Juandré Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Dean Greyling, Frik Kirsten, Dawie Steyn, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Bongi Mbonambi, Willie Wepener

The Bulls' fixtures on tour:

May 4: Rebels, AAMI Park, Melbourne

May 11: Waratahs, Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

May 19: Highlanders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

May 25: Chiefs, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton


  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-24 14:28

    Great squad, happy to see Francois Venter's name! Morne will also be playing his 100th game against the Highlanders (bar injuries), damn pity, would have loved for him to achieve that milestone at Loftus! Good Luck Bulls, travel safe and make us proud!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-24 14:34

      n Span vol supersterre. Bul groete.

      Hanjo - 2012-04-24 14:40

      Rene where do you see Francois Venter's name...

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-24 14:56

      @Hanjo, on Ruggaworld (, something is wrong here, FV is on that list but not this one - I'll ask Morne from Ruggaworld what's going on

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-24 15:09

      @Raven, yes, Morne (from Ruggaworld confirmed & Brendan Nel realized he made a 'slip up').

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-24 15:30

      @Raven, lazy buggers - they just copied Brendan Nel's article of SuperSport!

  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-24 14:31

    McCaw is n kortkop agter Deon. Bul groete.

      Ettiene - 2012-04-24 15:23

      Deon is so overrated!!!! En ek is n Bul supporter

      Tokolos - 2012-04-24 17:45

      Stegman is STAAL!!!

  • Doc - 2012-04-24 14:47

    Eish, no easy games apart from possibly the Rebels. They will have to play 80 minute rugby while there and not take any smoke breaks with 10 to go. Great to see our Stegmann back.

  • Jovan - 2012-04-24 15:10

    Vurige vlank, Stegmann. Can't wait to see him in action again! Excellent squad! good luck boys!

  • Rinus - 2012-04-24 15:18

    Drop net vir Spies Vodacom toe totdat hy nie meer bang is (a) om te tackle en (b) om getackle te word nie. Ons eie John Smith. Hartseer...

  • warren.j.ashton - 2012-04-24 15:26

    Sterkte boys sal hier in S.A wees en my longe uit skree GO BULLS!!!!!!!!

  • Jed - 2012-04-24 15:44

    Talking about over-rated Players....

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-24 16:14

      Hierdie artikel is nie oor die Stormers nie. Bul groete.

      Johan - 2012-04-24 17:22

      Niemand vra jou om te kyk of belang te stel nie

      Tokolos - 2012-04-24 17:48

      Vallemj... You posted on the Stegman article.... duhhhh!!! I am sure your post was intended for the Bekker article. Your apology is accepted!

      Jed - 2012-04-25 06:41

      Stormers beat the Bulls. Stormers have the best players in the comp Deal with it.

  • hoffjw - 2012-04-25 08:10

    useless n overrated player .typical bulll.looks like his gonna pick his nose nose anytime now.

  • hoffjw - 2012-04-25 08:10

    useless n overrated player .typical bulll.looks like his gonna pick his nose anytime now.

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