Young stars extend Bulls stay

2013-06-21 07:50

Pretoria - A number of the most promising rugby players in South Africa, as well as four senior Bulls players renewed their contracts with the Blue Bulls Company, it was announced on Thursday.
Current Springbok squad members Arno Botha and JJ Engelbrecht signed on until 2016, Louis Fouché, Hencus van Wyk, Jono Ross, Basil Short and Deon Stegmann until 2015 and Handré Pollard until 2017.
A number of players currently playing for the Junior Springboks in France has also penned extensions.
Flank Roelof Smit, prop Andrew Beerwinkel and lock Jannes Kirsten signed on until 2015, while current Baby Bok captain, Ruan Steenkamp, signed until 2014.
Xander Janse van Rensburg, the High Performance Manager at the Bulls, said talks are on-going to sign flank Jacques du Plessis, who is currently contracted until 2014, for another couple of years.
“It is great to see the vote of confidence in the company and our structures and teams by so many leading players,” Janse van Rensburg said.
Engelbrecht indicated that enjoyment as well as the drive to win tournaments made his decision an easy one.
“I am very happy in Pretoria, where a great work ethic and professional outlook is paramount. I feel I have developed so much as a player since joining the Bulls and want to keep on improving, something I know will happen here. The coaches here are brilliant and one can really develop as a player and as a person,” Engelbrecht said.


  • Arno Louw - 2013-06-21 08:19

    Hope Jan Serfontein is also locked down for a considerable term. Did not see his name in the article.

      WOLLE - 2013-06-21 08:53

      @ Arno Louw, if I'm not mistaken he already extended his contract at the start of the season.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-21 09:02

      Brilliant! Lock him down so even his grandchildren have to play for the Bulls! That is unless he would consider going to the Cheetahs (my first team) ;-) As long as he doesn't go overseas.

      frankgerald - 2013-06-21 09:51

      No, Jan Serfontein is apparently going back to Port Elizabeth to play next year for the Southern Kings!

      Darryl Farmer - 2013-06-21 10:03

      lol the kings lol smoking?

      BlousteBlou Meyer - 2013-06-21 12:43

      Frankgerald, yes and last year we heard that the Ndungani's, Mvovu, Kolisi, Potgieters - everybody from the Eastern Cape - will play for the Kings this year. What on earth will Jan Serfontein do there if he can probably get a contract at any province, as well as France and Japan?

      frankgerald - 2013-06-21 14:51

      @BlousteBlou, Die blou kalwers het nie eens n opregte "homegrown" span nie want hulle ploeg met ander provinsies se kalwers en die meeste is inelkgeval vanaf die Oos Kaap. "Jantjie kom huis toe"

  • Vaughan Campher - 2013-06-21 08:30

    Very good bunch of young blood Bulls. Future Boks some of them I might say. And don't sign to many than you'll lose many seniour guys again. But seriously, really good signings. Stormers groete !!

  • Cape Stormer - 2013-06-21 09:04

    These young guns will be dissapppointed because HM will be sacked next year and their dream of playing in the world cup will be over. They know once they signed for the Bulls they have a free ride into the Bok team with HM there ask Pierre Spies. I feel sorry for them, I like my Bok team to be filled with the best players in their position in the country whether they play for the Bulls or not. I still say bring Bakkies back, he is my hero.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 09:07

      SARU tolerated a fisherman for 4 years. I'm sure they'll tolerate an actual rugby coach for the same period as well.

      Cape Stormer - 2013-06-21 09:18

      If we look at history the only coaches who choose players on merit were Kitch Christie and Jake White, that is why they won world cups. PDV just kept the players of Jake because he knew it was the only way to be successful. The Bok coaches needs to forget about provincialism and do what is best for SA rugby. The has beens in the Bok team are Bryan Habana, JDV, Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies, Beast, just no name a few. C'mon the All Blacks is waiting, we will be the laughing stock once again.

      JumpenJack Gold - 2013-06-21 09:23

      What are an actual rugby coach Harry?

      Lodewicus Adriaanse - 2013-06-21 10:55

      whether HM is coach or not, they are still staying with the most succesful SA team over the last 15 years.

      BlousteBlou Meyer - 2013-06-21 12:49

      Cape Stormer, who would you put in HM's position next year? Alistair Onlydefense Coetzee, Plumtree (who has been dropped already), Mitchell (also dropped) oh my word, perhaps Naka?? Being from the Cape you are probably thinking of Flecky as well?

      Cape Stormer - 2013-06-21 15:57

      @Blouste Blou, op die huidige oomblik bly HM die beste coach. Al wat ons vra is dat spelers wat vir die nasionale span gekies word nie has beens of spelers wat nie hul kant bring nie. Bul spelers wat my beindruk is Serfontein, Basson, Hougaard(as hy sy kop kan regkry), en o ja my held Bakkies (The Enforcer) Botha (ai hy speel nou oorsee). Ek sê weer gooi weg vir JDV, Habana (stormers), Morne, Spies, Kirchner (Bulls) Bismarck, Beast (Sharks) bring in die jong bloed.

  • JumpenJack Gold - 2013-06-21 09:20

    What a load of bull

  • Billy Du Plooy - 2013-06-21 09:29 can you say his records is better than heyneke's, he hasnt even been coach for a year..... i reckon by the end of the rwc...we are akl gonna beg him to stay... HM knows how to coach, better than Snorre, because we all know how many Bokke we lost to the massive France exodus. HM has been thrown into the deep end.... and is actually doing a great job.

  • Billy Du Plooy - 2013-06-21 09:31

    Bryan Habana is anything but a has been. No other player is as commited as him.

  • Champ SePa - 2013-06-21 17:05

    Hmmm. So the young players extended their stay - but will they play? Just looking at lock for example: Kirsten signed, but they already have Visser and Herbst who are also U/20 and also played Junior World Cup. And Kirsten came in for Orie who was to captian the U/20 JWC team. They have Paul Willemse, Mike Williams, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Grant Hatting, Cornell Hess and Flip van der Merwe. Then they are looking at Pieter-Steph du Toit. (Juandre is leaving....) And they signed a lot of U/19 - lock hopefuls e.g. van Rensburg and Snyman..... So they stay ... but will they play?

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