Sharksworld has reliably learned that impressive College Rovers flyhalf Wes Dunlop has been snapped up by the Blue Bulls ahead of next season. Dunlop, known as “Horse” to his friends, was instrumental in securing Rovers’ maiden National Club Championship trophy last month.
There has been much debate over the past few weeks about who the Bulls would contract to fill the void in their squad left by Jacques-Louis Potgieter’s looming defection to the Sharks, with players as diverse as Naas Olivier and Earl Rose linked to a move to Pretoria. I find it quite interesting that they have finally settled on a player who has been available to the Sharks all along; funny that it takes the scouts from the Bulls to spot the flyhalf talent that we thought we didn’t have, hence the decision to recruit Potgieter, Meyer Bosman et al.
Dunlop was born in Durban 23 years ago, but moved to Port Elizabeth for his schooling, where he matriculated at Grey High School. He returned to the Sharks Academy and has played both age group and Vodacom Cup rugby for the Sharks, with a stint playing for EP in last year’s Currie Cup sandwiched in between. His younger brother Cameron currently plays loose forward for the Sharks under 21 side and is also highly-rated.
Rovers look likely to be the victims of their own success at Club Champs, with a number of their players snapped up ahead of next year. Captain and fullback Chris Jordaan, a Sharks regular a few seasons back, is on his way to the Pumas, while scrumhalf Neil de Bruyn (whose father Swys coaches the Sharks under 21s) is apparently also on his way to Pretoria. Fiery hooker Jody Jenneker, who impressed on the flank in Stellenbosch and was named player of the tournament, is heading down to Boland next season to play for Loffie Eloff.Tweet