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Bulls back their structures


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 6 Oct 2015 at 09:32
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In news unlikely to surprise many people, given their thus-far amazingly successful Currie Cup campaign, the Bulls have opted to back Nollis Marais with the Super Rugby head coaching job.

When Frans Ludeke was shown the door after a disappointing 2015 campaign in the Southern Hemisphere competition, reports at the time indicated that a worldwide search for a new head coach was under way. Marais was appointed almost as a caretaker coach, hoping that his familiarity with the “next generation” of Bulls players, whom he had coached at junior levels for some years, would translate to senior success with this same player corps. A bit of a calculated risk, perhaps, but one that seems to have paid off for the men in Pretoria.

Marais has now been appointed to be the union’s Super Rugby head coach for the next four years.

“Nollis is a stern testament of a true Blue Bulls man, he has coached at every level within the union, from schoolboy level right up to his current position as Currie Cup head coach. I am more than satisfied that we have appointed the best coach to take over the reins of the Vodacom Bulls,” BBRU President, Gert Wessels told the union’s website.

“He is more than familiar with our systems, and has built a respectable record and reputation over the past couple of seasons since he has been with the BBCo. His knowledge, paired with his vision and innovation, will stand us in good stead for the future.”



30 Comments

  • Think it’s a good decision to appoint him!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.15 09:55:51 by JD Reply
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  • I think Nollis Marais deserves his crack at the job but is this perhaps an indication that SA is not the preferred destination of top coaches in the world? I base that on the Sharks struggling to find a coach, the Stormers ‘new coach’ about to jump onto the England ship and now this Bulls appointment. I have nothing against local guys at all…but just a thought

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.15 09:58:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • This may be accidental luck as the Bulls were initially looking elsewhere for their coach but it still proves that succession planning bears fruit.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.15 10:05:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I truly believe it was the right choice. My only concern is his assistants. Pine and Wessel Roux don’t belong there and have been proven so. He might be forced to work with them to the detrement of the team – which I hope not.
    The Bulls started winning SR when they included Todd Louden as attack coach. We won the 2007 WC after Eddie J was asked to inprove our backs. SA need Anzac coaches – even up and coming ones as assistants to show us a better perspective going forward.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.15 10:16:14 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 4) : Good comment…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.15 10:18:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : It does seem so, doesn’t it?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.15 10:19:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 6) : Well evidence does point to that. I dont think he is going anywhere but should Ackers leave the Lions then what for them? Upskill local guys and create succession plans…thats a long term strategy that will reap rewards.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.15 10:28:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Well at least the Bulls “caretaker” coach is a helluva better than some other “caretaker” coaches I know of. :twisted:

    But honestly that is good for him and the Bulls union. I wish him luck for next few years at the helm. I actually thought that Meyer might return to the Bulls after the WC but that is also based on the assumption that Bok coaches don’t last more than a 4 year tenure.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.15 13:12:29 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 8) : So the Bulls appoint a guy that took the varsity cup side and junior bulls sides. Would the Sharks be happy with their equivalent Ryan Strudwick?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.15 14:20:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Depends… do you think he would have similar success at this level? Would he have taken the current group of players to second on the table with 7 wins out of 9?

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.15 15:03:15 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 10) : Do i think Strudwick would have had success in the Bulls setup…possibly. Do i think Strudwick or Marais would have success in the current Sharks setup- no. Bulls are reaping the rewards of a succession plan from the age group levels. Sharks have never cared bout the age group levels.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.15 15:31:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : And there is the problem. Not backing our structures or paying more attention to the youth. To be honest I can’t remember our youths ever winning their division.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.15 15:40:45 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 12) : Ah well you see this is what i brought up on a previous thread and was beaten down by guys saying the Sharks never needed strong age group sides in the past to be successful…well look at us now

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.15 15:46:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : are you mad!!!!!!!!!! Only a coach with international experience (like JW) will do!!!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.15 15:51:23 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : no we rather mock them for signing the “whole” SA school side when we only sign 5-7 under 19 player!!!!!!!! and then still we expect the poor guys to be competitive at age group level?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.15 15:56:17 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Saying that one does not need a strong youth structure is short sighted. Sure you can’t play all of the guys all the time and you will lose good/great players on the way but that is the way the game has evolved.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.15 16:10:08 by Farlington Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 15) : What was Rudolph Straeuli’s role at the Sharks? Was he not in charge of recruitment in both the senior and junior sides? Perhaps my memory is a faded but I don’t think our structures were all that bad back then compared to now.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.15 16:15:48 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 17) : Yeh he was in charge of recruitment and retaining of players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.10.15 16:21:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 12) : I do remember we won U19s one year when we still had the cronje twins think ross was captain that year. And the bulls won U21 (not against us) and our senior side won the cup against bulls. 09 or 08

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.10.15 17:16:30 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : 2008. Last time we won a junior trophy

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.10.15 17:20:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Aha…I actually thought it was longer ago than that. Maybe I’ve just been too grumpy this week… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.10.15 17:47:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Marais has risen through the ranks at the Bulls and shown that he has aptitude for coaching. He has been tested. At the Sharks we seem to prefer the idea of testing a rank amateur coach or former player by throwing that person into the head coach hot seat with little or no experience. There must be some succession planning involved, surely?… By all means, get Rob du Preez involved, but as an assistant to an already experienced man or as coach of one of the junior teams, and lets see how he performs within the Sharks family.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.10.15 17:57:24 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 22) : It seems you may get your wish…some facebook news that from 1 November Rob will be Sharks CC head coach and SR assistant coach…

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.10.15 20:43:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : https://m.facebook.com/SupaRugby

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.10.15 20:45:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : yes that’s all good, but we desperately need a competent head coach too. Gold is useless. Pathetic. Terrible. Incompetent. Disastrous. I’m sure you get the picture.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.10.15 01:49:52 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Sounds like Gary os leaving the SR head coach position open for himself?

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.10.15 06:44:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 25) : Well, you got one wish…maybe the second one will come true too…

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.10.15 07:01:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : You can’t really tell from the news released so far…especially because the Sharks have released nothing. I’m still hoping we make another head coach appointment for SR and give Gary his (first) wish of being DoR only…

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.10.15 07:03:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 4) : @pastorshark (Comment 5) : I agree!! Our backs are predictable and lethargic. It seems to be a general trend in SA at Super Rugby level.

    The Bulls, Lions and WP have played some exciting rugby during this CC and i hope that they continue that into Super Rugby next year. Without a big change in mindset i think SA rugby is going to keep dropping down the rankings in international rugby!

    We’re no longer bigger than the rest of the world and we therefore can’t expect to just run over them. We need some foreign coaches in to teach the guys to run for space and to create space for others.

    New Zealand have left players out of their World Cup squad that would have walked into the Bok starting line up.

    Jane, Piatau, Dagg, James Lowe, Frank Halai, Charlie Ngatai…the list goes on!

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.10.15 08:14:25 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 28) : That is my Christmas wish!!! We need someone who can motivate the players and give them the chance to play creative, attacking rugby.

    We’re too predictable at the moment. Hardly see any offloading in te tackle anymore.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.10.15 08:15:48 by ChrisS Reply
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