More Bulls to stay in Pretoria

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 11 May 2008 at 20:43
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Springbok Victor Matfield’s return to South Africa has brought an unexpected windfall for the Bulls and Blue Bulls.

Report courtesy News24.

This was apparent after Springbok lock Danie Rossouw extended his contract with the Bulls this week and two others, Fourie du Preez and Wikus van Heerden are also considering turning down big money offers from overseas to stay in Pretoria.

Rossouw admitted Matfield was the swaying factor in his decision in an interview published in Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag.

The big lock said he had extended his contract for a year and thus turned down a R5m offer from Northampton Saints, who ironically also offered Matfield a contract.

Rossouw also received offers from Brive, Toulon and Stade Francois to join them but turned them all down.

“Its great to know that I will still be playing at Loftus Versfeld,” Rossouw told Sondag, “I made my decision when I heard that Victor would be returning because I enjoy playing alongside him.

“I still haven’t played so well this year in the Super 14 and I want to build a name for myself for another year before I go overseas. Money isn’t always everything and I would rather put everything in to rebuild the Bulls,” Rossouw added.

Rossouw signed a one year extention to his contract, while Du Preez, whose contract expires at the end of May will make a decision soon.

Du Preez is considering a big money offer from the Cardiff Blues while Van Heerden will make a decision this week about a move to Saracens.

“I told Victor that if he comes back then I would stay at the Bulls,” World Cup winner Du Preez told Sondag, “We can restart our partnership that won the Super 14. I am currently in negotiations with the Bulls and should make a decision soon.”

Van Heerden, who captained the Bulls this year in Du Preez’s absence, was said to be a certainty to sign for Saracens, but has had a rethink in the meantime.

“I will take a decision soon, but I am happy in Pretoria and don’t really want to move,” Van Heerden said.

All three admitted the lure of facing the British and Irish Lions in South Africa next year would play a massive part in their decisions.


  • Too emotional these blokes…

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.08 04:12:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • Like the modern day ‘Boksombendes’ (sic)… Daars Bakkies daar by Du Preez en Wickus… die brak…

    Very gay all this I’ll stay if you stay stuff…

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.08 08:56:31 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.08 08:58:14 by Slayton Caville Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • #2

    Well the I’ll only stay if Heyneke is the coach stuff backfired horribly so they have to try something different now.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.08 08:59:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Ok, so in all honesty, you guys think the Bulls may have turned the corner? They’ve actually looked all right the last two weeks…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.08 09:11:15 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Time for Danie and Bakkies to grow their hair, bleach their tips and don their best white 3 piece suits and come down to Durbs next season methinks :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.08 09:13:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • They have had the players all season.

    It now just depends whether the players have realised they have to play for the coach, whether they think he is a doos or not.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.08 09:14:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • #6 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.08 09:14:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Definitely got the players… Steyn and Kirchner proving their worth… and Stephen and Mangweni pushing for places… their backs look good too…

    Kirchner and Mangweni (roughies for the Bok 45)… :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.08 09:31:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player

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