Boland, Bulls set to join forces
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
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.