Brenden Nel, writing for the SuperSport website, has revealed that the Bulls have released former Sharks XV forward Daniel Adongo after just 6 months. The big Kenyan utility forward has already left for New Zealand, where former All Black Tana Umaga has snapped him up to play for Counties Manakau in the ITM Cup.
Adongo left the Sharks under a bit of a cloud at the beginning of the year. The talk was that frustration at a lack of game time and a development plan that seemed to involve lots of talk and gym, but little actual rugby, had forced his hand. Heyneke Meyer was apparently behind the move to lure him to Pretoria, with a salary that the Sharks were not prepared to match and promises of game time thrown in.
The player was unfortunately treated no better in Pretoria, though, with very little meaningful opportunity given to contribute in either the Super Rugby or Vodacom Cup competitions. Adongo scored three tries on debut for the Bulls in the Vodacom Cup but was dropped straight afterwards and was duly released to join Umaga’s side on the basis that he clearly does not figure in Frans Ludeke’s plans. Brought to Loftus as a long-term development prospect under Heyneke Meyer, it seems that in the post-Meyer, the Bulls are just as clueless about what to do with Adongo as the Sharks were.
Given the lack of any real backup to Flip van der Merwe as a tight lock, it’s surprising that his 1.98m and 118kg frame couldn’t be put to any use, especially given the departure of the far-less-promising Gerrit-Something van Something to Northampton a few months back.
So Daniel’s nomadic wondering continues. We wish him well and hope he manages to make a success of his career in New Zealand, where hopefully he’ll benefit from some better coaching and a far more mature approach to player development. Vaya con Dios, Senhor Adongo!Tweet