More loose forwards for patchwork Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2014 at 10:32
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For a union that recruits quite so many juniors (around 45 new contracted under 19 players each year, by my count) and prides itself on succession planning, the Bulls sure seem to do a lot of panic buying. News out this morning is that two further loose forwards will join them on short-term contracts this week.

After Super Rugby last year, when around half of their senior squad left Loftus in disgust at being offered lower-than-expected renewal contracts, a slew of Kings Super Rugby players were brought in to stem the tide; the feeling being that there were no suitable youngsters available to step in at the time. The Currie Cup campaign was a disaster notwithstanding and of these imports, only Jacques Engelbrecht remains as a regular member of the Super Rugby squad.

The Bulls have now snapped up another former King, with loose forward Wimpie van der Walt signed as emergency cover. He will apparently only be a Bull for two months or so before returning to his Japanese club.

A further trend is to entice players who were deemed surplus to requirement in the past to return. First Jacques-Louis Potgieter was plucked from the French club scene (after concerns that their two “next big things” at flyhalf simply weren’t ready for Super Rugby) and now it appears that another Potgieter, flank Dewald, will also be pulled back from Japan. The former captain was widely vilified after his decisions during last year’s semi-final cost the side victory against the Brumbies and one felt that his decision to move to Japan was one that was very mutually agreeable. What a surprise, then, to hear that less than six months later he’ll be back to do a rescue job, before resuming his career in Japan in a few months’ time.


  • Mmm…it remains to be seen if these guys will play with passion or just for money.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.14 10:35:46 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • They are apparenttly also hot on the heels of Dewald Potgieter and CJ Stander.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.14 10:58:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 2) : dewald is mentioned in the article…. I don’t think they stand a chance of getting Stander back

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.14 11:17:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :Sorry I somehow missed Dewald, and I scan read specifically looking for his name. I also doubt they will get Stander. One wonders what they are willing to pay to get these guys back on short term contracts.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.14 11:59:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hope Dewald starts writing his SS column again, I quite enjoyed his work

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.14 12:02:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Succession plan? There is no planning at the Bulls! They buy every youngster that someone has said is half decent without thinking how they will fit in or progress through the ranks. They relied too heavily on their established Boks that they never created quality depth or tested the players in their system. Then all their older players left leaving a problem.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.14 14:30:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : No, planning was there, it was the execution which warrents criticism. They landed a semi-final spot last year, top of SA log – without the old players. What happened afterwards, was disgraceful and which led to premature departures of scores of players.

    But I do agree with you regarding Flyhalf. That was poor planning. Morne never really had sound competition since Hougaard in 2007.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.14 08:48:43 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 7) : Well i dont think their plan was very well thought out. Its no use banking on your Boks and signing every single junior but then allowing the players in between to leave the Union, then the Boks left and well crises! The millions of good Juniors will also get fed up cos not all can play and most will leave as more experienced juniors like Serfontein and Engelbrecht arent going anywhere soon. But hey the Bulls are winning Varsity Cups so guess it doesnt matter

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.14 08:54:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Have to say I agree. It’s ok to buy the best u/19 players in the country, but to buy the best xv and their mates and their mates’ mates, is really overzealous, and borders on irresponsible management.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.14 09:05:02 by Blue Centurion Reply

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