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    Boland, Bulls set to join forces

    2016-05-04 08:32

    Cape Town - Western Province’s renewed partnership with South Western Districts has paved the way for a shock alliance between Boland and the Blue Bulls.

    This comes after WP earlier this week welcomed SWD back into the Stormers fold.

    SWD formed part of the original Stormers franchise which was formed in 1998, and after a 10-year absence where they joined the Southern Kings, the union has once again been made an official partner in the Stormers franchise.

    Boland was also part of the Stormers brand, but it appears the union's relationship with WP has turned sour.

    Alan Zondagh, director of rugby at Boland, confirmed to Netwerk24 that Boland will in future form a partnership with the Blue Bulls.

    The finer details of the partnership are still unclear, with the Bulls yet to comment on the matter.

    However, with transformation of utmost importance, it would allow the Bulls to acquire the services of several talented coloured players coming out of the Boland region.

    While they were part of the Stormers franchise, Boland annually received money from Western Province and also played pre-season matches against the Stormers.

    However, the annual pre-season Boland-Stormers match was not played this year, with the Stormers facing SWD instead.

    WP’s partnership with SWD will see the two unions work closely together to take the Stormers franchise forward by assisting each other in player development, exchanging coaching and player resources and forging a relationship between the clubs and schools of the WPRFU and SWD Eagles Rugby.

    At time of publishing, the WPRFU had not responded to Sport24’s request to confirm whether Boland was still part of the Stormers franchise or not.

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