Bulls bag Sauls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 15 Jan 2009 at 18:25
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The highly successful SA under 20 coach Eric Sauls has been appointed as coaching coordinator of the newly established Blue Bulls Rugby Academy which will be operating in association with TUKS Sport.

Sauls’ role at the Academy will be hands on coaching as well as to manage and direct the coaches and he says he really looks forward to this new challenge.

“It is wonderful to work with the Blue Bulls and the University of Pretoria who have the necessary infrastructure as well as resources. There are some good structures that are in place and after consultation with the required parties I will look to see where I can build on and add value to these existing structures.”

Sauls was the head coach of the SA under 21 team that won the World Cup in 1999 and in 2000 he coached the Blue Bulls’ B team who had players of the caliber like Richard Bands, Danie Rossouw, Jacques Olivier and Danie van Schalkwyk in its ranks.

“In 2000 the Bulls’ B team won the President’s Cup but unfortunately the SA under 21’s lost against New Zealand in the final of the Junior World Cup.”

In 2002 Sauls took charge of the SWD Eagles’ Currie Cup team and from 2003-2005 he coached in Italy and Ireland. Thereafter he was appointed as the SA under 19 coach and since 2008 he is the head coach of the SA under 20 team.

“In Ireland I was involved with Leinster’s Academy and I coordinated quite a number of coaches at the College. It was a great experience and I will definitely apply what I have learned from them at the Blue Bulls Rugby Academy.”


  • Good luck to Mr. Sauls.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.01.09 18:54:17 by McLovin Reply
  • I have a question:

    If Sauls was the Head Coach of the U21 side that won the WC in 1999 then WHY has Jake been getting credit for that victory??

    Not trying to take anything away from Jake’s coaching career. Just interested to know…was Jake his assistant??? Manager of the team??

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.09 07:55:14 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : He gets credit for 1999?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.09 08:20:28 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 3) :

    Sorry I meant that according to the media in SA, Jake was the coach of the U21 side that won in 1999 and therefore he has been getting ALL the credit. Not so??

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.09 08:26:59 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : 2002?

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.09 08:30:55 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 5) : Huh???

    I give up!

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.09 08:39:50 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Hey- I’m saying- does he get credit for 1999 or 2002 or for both…???

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.09 08:56:17 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • Great move by the Bulls.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.09 09:49:58 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 8) :
    Agreed, including having the academy closely associated with Tuks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.09 09:59:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 8) : I wonder where this leaves Paul Anthony, though

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.09 10:00:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Good question and I have no idea!

    I rate Sauls rather highly though, I think he is very underrated and having been involved in age-group coaching for a long time he will fit in very well in an academy setup

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.09 10:39:30 by MorneN Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    Tuks arguably has the best sporting facilities from an academy perspective in SA.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.09 10:39:58 by MorneN Reply

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