Pretoria – The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd has decided to release their kit manager Flippie Malakoane from his contract in order to further his career with SA Rugby.
According to the Bulls’ website, Malakoane has been involved at Loftus since 1996 when he was working in the merchandising department of the sports store and in 1997 he became the kit manager of the Blue Bulls’ Currie Cup as well as Super 12 teams.
He stayed on in his capacity as kit manager of the Bulls throughout the years and joined the Springboks in the same role in 2001 when Harry Viljoen was in charge of the national team.
In 2001 he toured with the Bulls to Australasia and later that year he traveled with the Boks to Europe and the USA.
When Rudolph Straeuli took over as Springbok coach Malakoane stayed on in his capacity as kit manager and was also part of the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.
In 2004 Jake White expressed his delight in having an experienced person like Malakoane on board and he stayed with the team for four years including the wonderful moments in France when John Smit lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.
Malakoane expressed his excitement about his new role at SA Rugby, while adding it was a huge honour to have been involved with the Bulls for more than 10 years.