Another Blue Bull heads north

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 3 Nov 2008 at 17:46
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Promising Blue Bulls lock forward Juandré Kruger has turned his back on Loftus and will join  Northampton next season.

It seems as though the Bulls have done a spot of rationalisation when it comes to their squad (perhaps the coffers at Loftus aren’t as full as they should be?) and Kruger has apparently not been offered a contract for 2009. The Bulls obviously feel that in Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Wilhelm Steenkamp, they have enough lock depth to see them through. Another highly-rated young second-rower, Hendrik Roodt, recently announced his retirement from the game. He is still under 21.

One wonders whether this culling of young talent might not come back to bite the boys in blue once their stalwarts move on in a few years’ time. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

A host of other players will also leave the Bulls before 2009 kicks off. Wikus van Heerden has already left to join Saracens, while Dewald Pretorius and Trompie Nontshinga have signed with Griquas. Danwel Demas is on his way to the Cheetahs. Hilton Lobberts has signed with WP, while Richard Bands, Rassie van Vuuren, James van der Walt and Emile Verster will not be recontracted. No announcements have been made regarding the last-mentioned quartet, other than that they will be leaving.

In other news sure to delight Bulls fans, JP Nel will be back to occupy his customary number 13 jersey in time for the Super 14 next year.


  • Heyneke Meyer at Northampton??? Is he leaving Leicester?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.11.08 17:49:23 by Superwors Reply
  • @Superwors (Comment 1) : damn u beat me

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.11.08 18:06:34 by PJLD Reply
  • @Superwors (Comment 1) : oh shit – I’ve got this horribly wrong, haven’t I? 😳

    Will need to rework this article

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.11.08 18:11:43 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • saints,tigers- same thing… 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.11.08 18:14:23 by chernaya akula - BS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @chernaya akula – BS (Comment 4) : eina… that was dof. I really should’ve done some research first. That looked decidedly Voldy-ish in its sheer amateurism

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.11.08 18:21:06 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Thawt Demas was also going 2 da Cheetahs. Were Trompie and Demas only on loan 2 Lions and Boland?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.11.08 23:05:57 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 6) : Correct.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.11.08 23:07:15 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • How do you retire your resignation at under 21? Surely you really have nothing to resign from?

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.11.08 23:35:37 by beez Reply
  • We’re losing far too many good young locks…

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.08 00:59:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • The Bulls Under 21s should not have won the U21 final, were very lucky there. The U19s didn’t even make the top 4. WP dominated at age group level last year which leads one to believe their age group structures are not quite as healthy as they might have been in the past.

    It’s like the Sharks team in the late 90s – No one could challenge Honiball, Jouba, Teich, Fyvie, etc, and when they all retired, there was no real decent back-up.

    Might say it was poor planning, but also a bottleneck where the cork (read players mentioned above) was firmly stuck in place and no where for the wine to go.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.08 06:09:29 by Baldrick Reply
  • These fears were allayed by Plumtree.

    “Ruan will play at 10 next year,” he told “We’ve discussed the issue and we’ll sit back and see how he goes there. We’re pretty confident he’ll be a success and the fact that he’ll have an extended run of games in a set position will obviously help him.”

    Flyhalf Frederic Michalak’s return to Toulouse left the Sharks without a recognised 10 and this paved the way for Pienaar’s switch. “Freddie is a special player and you don’t just find players of that quality lurking around world rugby looking for a team to play for. But in Ruan we think we have a player who could be equally effective in time,” Plumtree said.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.08 07:26:08 by barend Reply

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