Strong local flavour in junior contracted U19 group

Strong local flavour in junior contracted U19 group

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There is a strong local flavour in the Vodacom Blue Bulls junior contracted group announced in Pretoria on Wednesday, with no less than 15 players from the Blue Bulls region amongst the 41 newly contracted Under-19 players.

The union has again also managed to attract some of the best young talent from elsewhere in the country and some of them will join the Vodacom Bulls during pre-season training in December already, Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed.

“We have invited Matthys Basson, Burger van Niekerk, RG Snyman, Hanro Liebenberg, Jurie Linde, Peet Schoeman, Duhan van der Merwe and Warrick Gelant to train with the Vodacom Bulls during the pre-season in December.

The aim is to expose them to our systems early and get our specialist coaches to start working with them. As an example, Victor Matfield will be tutoring locks Snyman and Van Niekerk,” he said.

Snyman, Van der Merwe, Gelant and Linde are amongst the nine SA Schools representatives that have been contracted to the Blue Bulls Under-19 group for 2014.

The others include Abongile Nonkontwana, Francois Steyn (Blue Bulls), Remu Malan, Dewald Human (SWD) and Jixie Molapo (2012, Limpopo).

Hanro Liebenberg (flanker, Boland) is the younger brother of current Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 and former Junior Springboks captain, Wiaan Liebenberg.

The likes of Menzi Nhlabathi (Pumas), Desmond Stramis (Namibia) and Simon Bolze (Border) excelled at the Craven Week in Polokwane this year, but Janse van Rensburg made it clear that playing in the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks are only one of a number of criteria they look at when contracting players.

“We have a three year graph in which we look at the player’s development, but also on what they achieve off the field and how their character fit in with what we expect from a Blue Bulls player. It is fair to say that we are very pleased with this group,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“There is a very good mix of talent here and although some of these players have not played in the youth weeks, they have been on our radar for a while and were contracted because they have particular skills that we were after,” Janse van Rensburg said.

The contracted group (with former provincial alliance) is: Johan van Wyk, Francois Steyn, Xander van Wyk, Abongile Nonkontwana, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Hyron Andrews, Calvonn Allisson, Ivan van Zyl, Philip Orfer, Jurie Linde, Thys van Wyk (all Blue Bulls); Stefaan Grundlingh, Geor Malan, Remu Malan, Dewald Human, Duhan van der Merwe, Warrick Gelant (all SWD); Stephan Ebersohn, Martin Groenewald, Matthew Alborough, Peet Schoeman (all EP); Vuyo Khatide, Njabulo Gumede, Kurt Webster (all KZN); Matthys Basson, Burger van Niekerk, Wyatt Murphy, Keanan van Wyk, Attie Louw, Mario Wilson (all WP); Menzi Nhlabathi, Impi Visser (all Pumas); Hanro Liebenberg (Boland); Theo Maree, Matjikayne Molapo, Adrian Maebane (all Limpopo Blue Bulls); Denzel Hill (Golden Lions); Simon Bolze (Border); Desmond Stramis (Namibia) and Dimitrio Tieties (Griquas).

The union has again also managed to attract some of the best young talent from elsewhere in the country and some of them will join the Vodacom Bulls during pre-season training in December already, Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed.

“We have invited Matthys Basson, Burger van Niekerk, RG Snyman, Hanro Liebenberg, Jurie Linde, Peet Schoeman, Duhan van der Merwe and Warrick Gelant to train with the Vodacom Bulls during the pre-season in December.

The aim is to expose them to our systems early and get our specialist coaches to start working with them. As an example, Victor Matfield will be tutoring locks Snyman and Van Niekerk,” he said.

Snyman, Van der Merwe, Gelant and Linde are amongst the nine SA Schools representatives that have been contracted to the Blue Bulls Under-19 group for 2014.

The others include Abongile Nonkontwana, Francois Steyn (Blue Bulls), Remu Malan, Dewald Human (SWD) and Jixie Molapo (2012, Limpopo).

Hanro Liebenberg (flanker, Boland) is the younger brother of current Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 and former Junior Springboks captain, Wiaan Liebenberg.

The likes of Menzi Nhlabathi (Pumas), Desmond Stramis (Namibia) and Simon Bolze (Border) excelled at the Craven Week in Polokwane this year, but Janse van Rensburg made it clear that playing in the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks are only one of a number of criteria they look at when contracting players.

“We have a three year graph in which we look at the player’s development, but also on what they achieve off the field and how their character fit in with what we expect from a Blue Bulls player. It is fair to say that we are very pleased with this group,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“There is a very good mix of talent here and although some of these players have not played in the youth weeks, they have been on our radar for a while and were contracted because they have particular skills that we were after,” Janse van Rensburg said.

The contracted group (with former provincial alliance) is: Johan van Wyk, Francois Steyn, Xander van Wyk, Abongile Nonkontwana, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Hyron Andrews, Calvonn Allisson, Ivan van Zyl, Philip Orfer, Jurie Linde, Thys van Wyk (all Blue Bulls); Stefaan Grundlingh, Geor Malan, Remu Malan, Dewald Human, Duhan van der Merwe, Warrick Gelant (all SWD); Stephan Ebersohn, Martin Groenewald, Matthew Alborough, Peet Schoeman (all EP); Vuyo Khatide, Njabulo Gumede, Kurt Webster (all KZN); Matthys Basson, Burger van Niekerk, Wyatt Murphy, Keanan van Wyk, Attie Louw, Mario Wilson (all WP); Menzi Nhlabathi, Impi Visser (all Pumas); Hanro Liebenberg (Boland); Theo Maree, Matjikayne Molapo, Adrian Maebane (all Limpopo Blue Bulls); Denzel Hill (Golden Lions); Simon Bolze (Border); Desmond Stramis (Namibia) and Dimitrio Tieties (Griquas).

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Oct 30, 2013
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