Cape Town - The Bulls will have a leadership group during next year’s Super Rugby competition, executive of rugby John Mitchell has confirmed.
“Yes, it will not only be one player,” Mitchell told Afrikaans website Netwerk24.
Hooker Adriaan Strauss led the Bulls during this year’s Super Rugby competition and will be in the running, as well as the likes of centre Burger Odendaal, flyhalf Handre Pollard and loose forward Hanro Liebenberg.
“If there are injuries, then there will be more clarity regarding leadership. I therefore prefer a group of leaders who lead by example,” Mitchell continued.
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Mitchell last week announced a large training squad for their pre-season preparations.
The men from Pretoria will play three warm-up matches in 2018.
The squad will be split to face the Lions in Johannesburg on January 27 and the Sharks in Polokwane on the same day.
They will then head out to a first-ever match in the USA, where they will face the Stormers at Stub Hub Centre in Los Angeles on February 3.
Bulls training squad:
Props: Pierre Schoeman, Trevor Nyakane, Lizo Gqoboka, Conraad van Vuuren, John-Roy Jenkinson, Frans van Wyk, Mox Mxoli, Matthys Basson, Gerhard Steenekamp (Apprentice, injured)
Hookers: Jaco Visagie, Adriaan Strauss, Edgar Marutlulle, Johan Grobbelaar, Jan-Henning Campher, Corniel Els (injured)
Locks: Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman (both Japan), Lood de Jager, Aston Fortuin, Ruben van Heerden, Eli Snyman, Abongile Nonkontwana
Loose forwards: Roelof Smit, Jacques Potgieter (Japan), Hanro Liebenberg, Ruan Steenkamp (injured), Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager (Japan), Hendre Stassen (injured), Tim Agaba (SA Sevens), Thembelani Bholi, Shaun Adendorff, Boom Prinsloo, Denzil Hill (apprentice), Eduan Lubbe (apprentice), Jaco Bezuidenhout (apprentice), Kwezi Mafu (apprentice), Ryno Pieterse (apprentice)
Scrumhalves: Ivan van Zyl (injured), Andre Warner, Embrose Papier, Theo Maree, Rudy Paige
Flyhalves: Handre Pollard, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok, Tony Jantjies, Tinus de Beer
Midfielders: Jesse Kriel, Dries Swanepoel, Johnny Kotze, Ulrich Beyers, Stedman Gans (SA 7s), Burger Odendaal, Francois Brummer (Japan), JT Jackson (injured)
Outside backs: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jamba Ulengo, Duncan Matthews, Jade Stighling, Franco Naude, Divan Rossouw, Andell Loubser (apprentice)