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    Bulls name 40-man Super Rugby squad

    2020-01-22 16:29

    Cape Town - Bulls head coach Pote Human has selected his 40-man squad that will do duty in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

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    The squad is the perfect blend of experience and youth with Human opting for 22 forwards and 18 backs with less than two weeks to go until their opening clash against the Sharks in Durban.

    Burger Odendaal will captain the team while marshalling the inside channel and will have international experience to call on from Loftus favourite Morne Steyn returning to Pretoria after several seasons in France.

    The Bulls will also call on the services of Tongan international, Nafi Tuitavake, as the 18 Test centre returns to Super Rugby after plying his trade in England.

    Several younger players will be looking to take their opportunity for the Bulls at senior level including Chris Smith and Richard Kriel.

    New faces amongst the forwards include former Bulls and Springbok lock Juandre Kruger, Scottish capped Josh Strauss and Namibian hooker Louis van der Westhuizen.

    Bulls 2020 squad

    Forwards: Simphiwe Matanzima, Gerhard Steenekamp, Lizo Gqoboka, Corniel Els, Jaco Visagie, Muller Uys, Johan Grobbelaar, Louis van der Westhuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Wiehahn Herbst, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, Ryno Pieterse, Ian Groenewald, Juandré Kruger, Ruan Nortje, Tim Agaba, Marco van Staden, Jeandré Rudolph, Ruan Steenkamp, Abongile Nonkontwana, Wian Vosloo, Josh Strauss.

    Backs: Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Morne Steyn, Chris Smith, Manie Libbok, Rosko Specman, Divan Rossouw, Burger Odendaal (captain), Dylan Sage, Franco Naude, Cornal Hendricks, Nafi Tuitavake, Marnus Potgieter, Johnny Kotze, Jade Stighling, Warrick Gelant, Richard Kriel.

    Bulls management team

    Head coach: Pote Human

    Backs: Chris Rossouw

    Defence: Pine Pienaar

    Scrums: Daan Human

    Technical analyst: John William Meyer

    Team manager: Elias Bennett

    Team doctor: Dr Herman Rossouw

    Physiotherapists: Lance Lemmetjies, Pieter du Plessis

    Strength and Conditioning: Jacus Coetzee

    Team psychologist: Dr Jannie Botha

    Team logistics: Simon Dyidi

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