Bulls tour group named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super 14 on 5 Mar 2008 at 06:00

The Vodacom Bulls have named their 26-man squad for their 4-week tour of the Antipodes. The Pretoria team will face the Reds, Chiefs, Blues and Western Force on successive weekends.

In the front row, loosehead prop Jaco Engles pays the price for his cowardly punch last weekend and is left out. Engels copped a 3-week ban, so wouldn’t be available for selection until the third week of the tour anyway. Young Dean Greyling takes his place in the tour party, joining Gurthro Steenkamp, Rayno Gerber and retreaded loose forward Werner Kruger. Derick Kuün and James van der Walt are the only hooking options available to the team, underlining how devastating the continue unavailability of Chilliboy Rallepele is proving to be.

In the second row, Bakkies Botha and Wilhelm Steenkamp are the only specialist locks, although Danie Rossouw, Hilton Lobberts and Pedrie Wannenburg could all fill in here if necessary. Deon Stegmann, Wikus van Heerden and Dewald Potgieter make up the remainder of the loose forward contingent.

Squad captain Fourie du Preez has two understudies at scrumhalf in the former Western Cape pair of Heini Adams and Francois Hougaard. Namesake Derick is picked at fyhalf, together with Morné Steyn, who can also play inside centre. Youngster Stephen Dippenaar will also tour, alongside the established midfield combination of Wynand Olivier and JP Nel.

World Cup wingers Bryan Habana and Akona Ndungane will, somewhat bizarrely, be joined by the unimpressive Danwel Demas, while Currie Cup stalwart John Mametsa stays at home. Impressive off-season buy Zane Kirchner will wear the number 15 jersey throughout the tour.

Here is the full squad:

Props: Gurthro Steenkamp, Rayno Gerber, Werner Kruger, Mac Guyver Dean Greyling
Hookers: Derick Kuün, James van der Walt
Locks: Bakkies Botha, Wilhelm Steenkamp
Loose forwards: Deon Stegmann, Wikus van Heerden, Dewald Potgieter, Pedrie Wannenburg
Utility forwards: Danie Rossouw, Hilton Lobberts
Scrumhalves: Fourie du Preez (capt), Heini Adams, Francois Hougaard
Flyhalves: Derick Hougaard, Morné Steyn
Centres: Wynand Olivier, JP Nel, Stephen Dippenaar
Wings: Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane, Danwel Demas
Fullback: Zane Kirchner


  • thats not hard they only have 26 players. it was a no brainer.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.03.08 08:12:18 by try time Reply
  • JP Nel going on tour 😎

    Does anybody know of a Bookie who will give me odds on whether JP Nel gets cited while on tour and gets at least 4-6 weeks rest?

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.03.08 08:33:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • no bookie stupid enough. you would probably pay if you win the bet.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.03.08 08:39:43 by try time Reply
  • Okay let’s add another condition to the bet then.

    Does anybody know of a Bookie who will give me odds on whether JP Nel gets cited while on tour and gets at least 4-6 weeks rest and half of SA being up in arms because the suspension is to harsh?

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.03.08 08:42:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • you don’t make it easy on bookies

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.03.08 09:00:37 by try time Reply
  • Goodmorning everybody 😀

    They surely need a ” Mac Guyver” in their team, no plans 😈

    BTW, only 1 fullback, surely Tiger Mangweni could have been an option 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.03.08 09:12:05 by Charlie Reply
  • Seems Spies may make his comeback on tour.

    Springbok loose forward Pierre Spies won’t be part of the Bulls squad when the Super 14 champions leave for Australasia on Saturday. However, he may join his teammates later.

    Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook said on Tuesday Spies had stopped taking blood-thinning medicine only last week and would have to wait a week or two before it would be safe for him to travel by air.

    “We’d like to do some tests first, such as a full blood count, to ensure everything is back to normal,” Smook said.

    “The plan is still for Pierre to join the Bulls in Australasia. He may play in the penultimate tour match, against the Blues.”

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.08 09:21:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • unlikely

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.08 10:10:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • agree. he still has to get some contact training in. and it would be stupid for rush him onto the field. but then it is the bulls.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.08 10:21:02 by try time Reply

  • I think this guy is going to do himself a lot of damage.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.03.08 10:31:59 by robdylan Reply
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