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    Bulls name co-captains for Super Rugby

    2018-01-22 17:30

    Pretoria - Bulls head coach John Mitchell on Monday named 38 players as well as the leadership for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

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    The Bulls mentor named midfielder Burger Odendaal and loose forward Nic de Jager as co-captains.

    The squad is made up out of 21 forwards and 17 backs, with 11 of those being Springboks and furthermore includes a host of Junior Springboks. Springbok Sevens forward Tim Agaba has also been included and will join the squad after the Blitzboks return from tournaments in Sydney and Hamilton.

    Only a handful of players do not have any Super Rugby experience, among those outside back Divan Rossouw, midfielder JT Jackson, flyhalf Manie Libbok, scrumhalf Embrose Papier and lock Aston Fortuin.

    The Bulls will be involved in two warm-up matches this weekend as they take on the Sharks in Polokwane on Saturday (18:00) and the Lions in Johannesburg earlier in the day (15:00).

    "We have made tremendous progress with our processes over the last couple of months and we will be ready for whatever comes our way during Super Rugby 2018," Mitchell said via a press statement.

    “I don’t want to make any promises on how the team will perform this year, we will be solely focussed on the process. It’s about marginal gains for us, stacking good stuff on good stuff daily as we continue to ensure excellence.  It’s not about the end but rather the daily effort combined at the end.  Our purpose is to fill Loftus and put smiles on people’s faces. We will be working very hard to achieve that.”

    "I am confident that we have worked smartly and laid a solid foundation. This squad will develop and improve and one needs to be realistic about it, but we are all in agreement about the way forward. We will be connected, we want to be respected and not just liked and therefore one of our main focus areas during this process will be to remain honest and never forget to enjoy it and have fun.  We want to serve our fans, supporters, shareholders and sponsors - we want to earn back their respect and get the Bulls to bind us together as one.”

    Bulls 2018 Super Rugby squad:

    Outside Backs: Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews, Travis Ismaiel, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling, Divan Rossouw

    Midfielders: Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Francois Brummer, Jesse Kriel, Johnny Kotze

    Flyhalves: Handre Pollard, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok

    Halfbacks: Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Embrose Papier

    Loose forwards: Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Hendre Stassen, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager, Tim Agaba

    Locks: Jason Jenkins, Ruben van Heerden, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Aston Fortuin

    Props: Pierre Schoeman, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane

    Hookers: Jaco Visagie, Adriaan Strauss, Edgar Marutlulle


          

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