Van Velze to leave Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 20 Mar 2012 at 14:05
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Utility forward Gerrit-Jan van Velze – a stalwart for the Bulls at Vodacom Cup level over the past few years – will leave Loftus to play for Northampton in the UK, according to a report in the Northampton Chronicle.

Details are sketchy at this stage as to the timing of the move – as well as the criteria under which van Velze qualifies to play in the UK. My assumption is that, like lock Adriaan Fondse, he must presumably have a Dutch passport in his top drawer.

After excelling as a loose forward for the Bulls at junior level, van Velze has struggled to make the step up and was deployed without much success as a makeshift lock during last year’s Currie Cup.

Speaking ahead of his move to the Saints, the 1.92m van Velze told the Chronicle that “I’m lucky enough to have got the opportunity to come here and take my career to the next level. We see a lot of the games in South Africa with Saints being one of the biggest clubs, so we all know of the team and how it plays.

“I’ll be filling big boots, that’s for sure.”


  • Shocker. Not :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.03.12 14:15:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • It was only a matter of time what with Adongo, CJ Stander, Arno Botha and Spies ahead of him.

    Wonder if he could have prospered at another province? Same can be said for Watermeyer or Dippenaar

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.03.12 14:19:30 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 2) : these are all heyneke meyer’s rejects 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.03.12 14:47:36 by Megatron Reply

  • Going to be hilarious listening to those plonkers on The Rugby Club attempting to pronounce his name!

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.03.12 14:49:25 by neilster Reply

  • @neilster (Comment 4) : ha! Good point!

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.03.12 14:59:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ comment 4,

    Help them out boet! Tell them to pronounce it as Fun Felze :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.03.12 16:14:30 by dawj Reply

  • I love hearing those NZ/Aussies struggle with names.

    “Johan Hoesen”
    “Cownie Oesthausen”
    “Bismorck doe Plassis”

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.03.12 22:25:57 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Good move by van Velze,not a chance that he was ever gonna play Super Rugby,unless there was a drastic string of injuries

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.03.12 23:53:57 by Ludz Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 7) : n u missed one franswa whogaurd..

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.12 02:29:16 by shaniboi Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Ha ha! Ja well, Loose forward in SA – this is Loose forward country… There’s a bus behind every corner, every alley, and ja well, he ain’t one of them sorry to say…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.12 16:59:31 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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