Strauss heads new signings to Bulls kraal.

Strauss heads new signings to Bulls kraal.

articles.comments (14)

The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce the signings of Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Pieter Labuschagne and Jamba Ulengo.  All three forwards will join the Vodacom Bulls on November 1st, 2014, while Ulengo has already started training with the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

Springbok hooker Strauss, who captained the Toyota Cheetahs in recent seasons, was South Africa’s Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2013 and returns to Loftus Versfeld, where he made his Vodacom Super Rugby career in 2006 after a seven year absence. He has signed a two year deal.

Strauss was a member of the Vodacom Blue Bulls squad that shared the Absa Currie Cup in 2006 and the Toyota Free State side that won it the next year. He became a Springbok in 2008 and has played 34 times for South Africa (with 5 tries). He is also the Toyota Cheetahs’ most experienced player with 97 caps, (added to the eight Vodacom Bulls caps).

Springbok prop Nyakane has signed with the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls till October 2017, Springbok squad member Labuschagne signed till the end of October 2016 as did Springbok Sevens flyer Ulengo.

The 25 year old Nyakane, who was first spotted as a youngster playing for the Limpopo Blue Bulls at Craven Week, made his provincial debut for the Toyota Free State in 2011, his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Toyota Cheetahs in 2012 and his Springbok debut in 2013. He has played four tests and scored one try in his international career this far.

Pretoria-born Labuschagne also came through the ranks at the Free State, having represented the union at school boy, junior and senior level, as well as playing Vodacom Super Rugby for the central franchise. The 25-year old was part of the Springbok training group in 2013, but injuries in 2014 prevented him from pushing for higher honours.

Ulengo was a regular on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit, having played for the Springbok Sevens team since 2012. He is also a former Toyota Free State age group and Absa Currie Cup player.

BBC's High Performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg also confirmed the extension of their current contracts of the Kriel twins, Dan and Jesse, till 2016.

"We are pretty excited about these signings as all of them are proven performers at the highest level," Janse van Rensburg said.

"These players are all very keen to share in our vision of becoming the number one team in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup and to help us achieving those milestones. These are important and significant signings, as they show that we are still seen as a pathway to international honours and the winning of tournaments and cups by established, as well as emerging players," Janse van Rensburg said.

“The decision of Adriaan to join us will not also add depth to our hooking position, but with his extensive role as captain, will also provide fantastic leadership and solid international experience.”

Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke was also very pleased to have them on board.

"We believe all of these guys will contribute significantly to our effort and vision to be a team of excellence. They will also add to potential shortcomings we have identified in our structures and I am looking forward working with players of their calibre."

 
Pin It

Jul 29, 2014

(14) Strauss heads new signings to Bulls kraal.

  1. gravatar Gazza says:
    Fantastic signings!!!

    We still need to bolster our loose forwards a bit, especially open-side flankers

  2. gravatar Theo says:
    Dit is uitstekende nuus. Nou kort ons nog net 'n top baljagter wat vir Steggies kan aflos. Moet se dat Siya Kolisi nogal die rol kon vervul het by die Bulle - ook die kleur aspek in gedagte.
    Daar was vroeer sprake van 'n top baljagter wat die Bulle gesoek het. Ek het gedink dit is Brussow maar kan iemand meer lig werp op die speler of is die onderhandelinge van die baan.
    Welkom julle ysters
  3. gravatar Robin says:
    Great signings made by the Bulls, hopefully Jacques du Plessis moves back to lock now that Lappies is a Bull.
  4. gravatar Stapper says:
    Die Bulle speel hierdie Vrydag 'n vriendskaplike wedstryd in Nelspruit teen die Pumas. Die span is reeds bekend gemaak.
  5. gravatar Eugene says:
    Volgens Wikipedia:
    The following players were included in the Blue Bulls squad for the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division:

    Props
    Dean Greyling
    Frik Kirsten
    Werner Kruger
    Morné Mellett
    Juan Schoeman
    Basil Short
    Marcel van der Merwe
    Hencus van Wyk

    Hookers
    Bandise Maku
    Bongi Mbonambi
    Callie Visagie
    Jaco Visagie

    Locks
    Grant Hattingh
    Irné Herbst
    Nico Janse van Rensburg
    Victor Matfield
    Marvin Orie
    Flip van der Merwe
    Paul Willemse

    Loose Forwards
    Arno Botha
    Jacques du Plessis
    Wiaan Liebenberg
    Jono Ross
    Roelof Smit
    Pierre Spies
    Deon Stegmann (c)
    Nardus van der Walt

    Scrum-halves
    Francois Hougaard
    Lohan Jacobs
    Rudy Paige
    Piet van Zyl

    Fly-halves
    Tony Jantjies
    Handré Pollard
    Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    Tian Schoeman

    Centres
    Ulrich Beyers
    JJ Engelbrecht
    Burger Odendaal
    Jan Serfontein
    William Small-Smith
    Dries Swanepoel

    Wingers
    Bjorn Basson
    Travis Ismaiel
    Sampie Mastriet
    Akona Ndungane
    Ryan Nell
    Jamba Ulengo

    Fullbacks
    Jesse Kriel
    Jürgen Visser

    Sien Rohan J v Rensburg nie daar nie, word seker nog by die Junior spanne gelos vir eers.
    Wiaan Liebenberg, Roelof Smit en Deon Stegmann is "fetchers", as ons hulle nou net so kan kies.
  6. gravatar Bulperd says:
    Rian jou span gaan nie werk nie. Daar moet 6 spelers van kleur op die veld wees ten alle tye. Dit is die nuwe reels vir die Curry cup seisoen
  7. gravatar kznbul says:
    Ek dink die bulle begin nou weer goeie spelers teken en sal sekerlik nog volgende jaar teken ons kan die cc wen die jaar ek is vol vertroue hou by die blou
  8. Wat maak spies nog daar
  9. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Mooi so. Nou kan al die rusteloosheid gaan vakansie hou. Ek dink die logiese baljagter diepte nou lê by Roelof Smit, Steggies en Liebenberg (as lg. nog gaan bly).
  10. gravatar Piet Bedien says:
    Bulls raping the Free State again....
  11. gravatar Bullebakkies says:
    Ludeke kan nog iets red, mits hy sy wedstrydplan aanpas en regte spelers kies! Van Zyl, Pollard, Jan, WSS, JJ, Bjorn, Kriel...dink net hoe kan so agterlyn driee druk as hul nie forseer word om skoppe te jaag nie!

    Spelers moet aangemoedig word om gapings aan te val pleks daarvan om elke keer in spelers vas te hol en die bal dood te maak!

    Maar as Ludeke sy huidige gameplan hou, wat heeltemal misluk het, gaan ons ons gatte weer sien!

    Tyd dat die Direksie met Dawie Theron begin vergader.
  12. gravatar Franscois says:
    Baie goeie spelers wat die bulle by kry!!
    Ek sal daarvan hou om te hoor wat dink julle daarvan om strauss soos i deon fourie te maak wat die nommer 6 flank kan dek en hakker hy is i baie goeie bal jagter??
  13. gravatar Rian Malan says:
    Die Bokke wat HM gaan kies mag nie CC speel nie,vergeet Serfontein, JJ,Hougaard,Pollard,Marcel,Victor,.Ek stem saam wat van die ouens hier se oor ons game plan,verander of word verneder
  14. gravatar anthony says:
    Ludeke moes twee jaar terug al gewaai het.hy mors net met ons agter spelers se toekoms.hulle speel soos voor spelers in pleks daarvan om in gapings in te hardloop.ons het n heelagter nodig,willie le roux kon saam met strauss gekom het.as hulle ludeke se weer langer maak kyk ek nie meer rugby nie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *