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Press release: Blue Bulls Rugby College and Tuks Academy merge

It is with great pleasure that the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd announces that the Tuks Rugby Academy and the Blue Bulls Rugby College are merging.

Both these institutions have enjoyed tremendous success over the last two years and now that they are joining forces they are going to be even stronger in the future.

The new name is going to be the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy and students, who want to make sport their career, can now live out their dream by enrolling at the Academy.

The Academy aims to develop young talent by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for the rugby industry, be it as player, coach, referee or administrator and the curriculum covers a wide range of subjects including life skills, rugby development, an academic component as well as the opportunity to play provincial trials.

The merging of these two institutions is a tremendous boost for club rugby in Pretoria and it will ensure that the Blue Bulls always have a solid junior player base.

The Blue Bulls Rugby College has been exceptionally successful over the last two years and a number of the students were selected for the Blue Bulls' Amateur teams. The Tuks Rugby Academy has produced more than 200 junior provincial players since 2003 and eleven of their students have played senior Currie Cup rugby.

The merge will ensure that the intellectual property of the two institutions will be combined in order to form an even stronger Academy and the students will be able to train at Tuks' High Performance Centre where they will be in the company of first-class athletes from all over the world.

Freddie Grobler will manage the Academy and Blue Bulls coaches such as Frans Ludeke, Nico Serfontein and Paul Anthony will work with the students from time to time and they will also be available as mentors.

Anyone who would like to enroll at the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy or anyone who wants more information can contact Neels Grobler at 082 968 7734 / 012 420 6296 or

You are still able to join the Academy in 2009 but we would like to urge you to sign up as quickly as possible in order to avoid disappointment.


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1. 1ste!
Posted by BlueCon5 (Pretoria) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 10:59
2. Skuus, moes wees : 1ste soos Chilliboy!
Posted by BlueCon5 (Pretoria) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:01
3. Dit is n goeie idee. Tukkies gaan nie sommer weer die Carltonbeker verloor nie.
Posted by Blou Karnallie Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:01
4. Goeie idee, maar ek sal altyd die Pukke ondersteun as dit by klubrugby kom
Posted by blouHenk (PE) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:20
5. kyk net hoe baie pukke is ons hier!
Posted by BlueCon5 (Pretoria) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:34
6. Lol BlueCon5, die Pukke maak mens darm baie trots die laasste paar jaar.
Posted by blouHenk (PE) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:36
7. Ja nee verseker!
Posted by BlueCon5 (Pretoria) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 12:08
8. Beste dae was toe Tukkies teen Maties gespeel het in die ou dae!
WP en Noord-Transvaal spelers was altyd betrokke in die spanne.
daai was harde games!!
Posted by bloukrag (Pretoria) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 13:27
9. Ja,gee my weer daai dae....Het baie Tukkies en Maties games op Loftus gekyk!!!!!Al was ek soms met nartjies gegooi .....maar dit was in die gees van die sport!!!!Het een van die games agter 2 Tukkies gesit....toe Maties besig was om te wen(hier in 1981)Toe se hulle die Bulle gaan WP kou soos mielies....En wat gebeur toe....WP wen die CB 5 jaar na mekaar!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 18:25
10. Aaai hoe mis ek nou die PUK! Dit was goeie tye!
Posted by Blou Sonneblom (Pretoria - Bulls or nothing) Friday, November 28, 2008 - 21:03
11. It seems like yesterday, but it was long ago. Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights…… Against The Wind – Bob Seger
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:28
12. There’s a hard moon risin’ on the streets tonight, there’s a reckless feeling in your heart as you head out tonight…… Fire Inside – Bob Seger
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:34
13. I know it’s late, I know you’re weary, I know your plans don’t include me. Still here we are, both of us lonely……We’ve Got Tonight – Bob Seger

Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:44
14. And sometimes late at night when I’m bathed in the firelight, the moon comes callin’ a ghostly white and I recall, I recall….. Like A Rock – Bob Seger
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:50
15. More almal!!!!
Mooi 7e Bokke met jul oorwinning oor AUS!!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 10:53
16. Nou net vir Fiji pakgee en dan is ons in die FINAL!!!!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 11:13
17. Mooi Bokkies!!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 17:34
18. Mooi so Bokkies....hou dit net vol in George volgende week!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 19:10
19. Ek is n dapper muis,Ek is n dapper muis ....en ek skrik vir niemand nie!!!....nie vir NZL nie...nie vir Aus nie en ook vir enige ander span nie...want ek is n dapper muis!!!!!
Mooi Bokkies!!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 19:22
20. Harlequinns 21- 14 Bath
Bristol 13 -18 London Irish
Saracens 23- 6 Worcester
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 19:53
21. Dag al my Blou vriende!

Kom Krismis, kom Super 12 2009!!!!!
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 06:28
22. Eish! Super 14.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 06:30
23. Hartlike goeie more aan al die BULLE !!!
Mag vandag n heerlike dag wees vir almal !!!!

Posted by AK (Keep the passion !!!!) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:31
goeie more mede blou bull broers dog julle sal bietjie internationale lees stof waardeur oor een van ons jong bulletjies wat sy mentors se naam hoog daar in die koue noorde
hiers die link: htp:/w.noramcuksKge-bli4739058j<> die storie het ek ook heier onder gepaste

Die titel is: Kruger can be a lineout nightmare

Published Date: 27 November 2008
Saints sit bottom of the Premiership lineout stats, but that might be about to change with the introduction of South African giant Juandre Kruger.
The lineout has become an even more difficult place to secure your own ball with the introduction of the Experimental Law Variations.

Opposing teams are now allowed to flood the lineout with as many jumpers as they want and against Bath with their massive pack that is a difficult proposition, with the back row being just as adept as the locks.

Saints have struggled to win good clean ball from their own lineouts and have had 28 throws stolen in six Premiership games according to the Opta Statistics.

Surprisingly the acknowledged Lords of the sky, London Irish, are right behind Saints on 25.

But on the evidence of Saturday's clash with Bath, Saints may start to slip down that table after Kruger's first promising start.

Having been understudy to the world's best lineout operator in Victor Matfield at the Blue Bulls, Kruger, who came off on Saturday with blood pouring from his jaw, comes to Franklin's Gardens with plenty of knowledge Saints can plunder.

His impact was instant on Saturday, with Saints employing a short lineout for the first time this season.

With just Kruger and his pod in it, it was pretty obvious where the ball was going, but could the opposition stop it?

No, and it freed up Roger Wilson to carry the ball in midfield, which he did brilliantly all afternoon.

Paul Shields, who lost his starting spot to promising Academy hooker Joe Gray against Bath, has certainly been impressed by the signing of the 6ft 6in, 17st 8lbs 23-year-old.

Shields said: "With the likes of Juandre coming in it is definitely improving competition.

He was at Bulls behind Victor Matfield, so he is obviously a very good player and he has shown touches of that already in training.

He is a quality operator in the lineout, he can only improve our standards right across the board and give James Cannon and Courtney Lawes a lot to learn from.

"If you have a very well functioning five-man lineout you can afford to let three forwards be free.

I watched the Bledisloe Cup, and New Zealand used a four-man lineout and it made Australia go with a four-man lineout because they didn't want to lose the extra men in midfield, and I've seen South Africa use a three-man lineout. They just backed themselves to win the ball.

"The new law is not the end of short lineouts, some teams will stick with safety in numbers, but it might start coming back more once people know how to use it."

Although height – something Northampton's Academy have been growing in abundance with 6ft 8in Cannon, and 6ft 7in Lawes and Phil Hoy, who is on loan at Bedford – is an obvious advantage at the lineout, Shields says athleticism is also vital.

"You need athleticism and you need to read the opposition and get there before they do," said Shields.

"You need to be able to get off the ground faster than anyone, the more athletic the player then definitely the better player they are.

If you use a speed ball and do it well enough and fast enough, the ball should be away before the opposition have got off the floor.

If you do it right it is very difficult to stop."

The full article contains 578 words and appears in n/a newspaper.
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* Last Updated: 27 November 2008 12:47 PM
* Source: n/a
* Location: Northampton

Posted by liefling-blou (kaapstad) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:33
25. sorry wat sy mentors se name hoog hou - nog bietjie vroeg ve my om by die werk te wees
Posted by liefling-blou (kaapstad) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:34
26. hiers nog n link oor juandre kruger as julle nog wil les
htp:/w.noamcukiS-Kg472601j hoop regtig die bulle het met die jong ster van n speeler een of ander gesprek gehad oor dat hy dalk weer hom self by hulle sal aan sluit in die toekoms.

any way laat n man aan die werk spring
totsiens vriende
Posted by liefling-blou (kaapstad) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:43
27. GOEIE MORE EDELE BLOU VOLK.... almal geklee in Springbokkleure vandag.

WELL DONE 7s BOKKE! Maak so in George ook asseblief.

Guinness... eish!! Slegte rondte vir die uwe...

Thanx vir die songs Jimmy!

Uit n lekker nat Petoorsdorp n pragtige GROEN Maandag vir julle almal.
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:43
28. Goeie môre Bulle, Bullinne & Bergbok.

Liefling-blou, dankie vir die inligting en welkom.

Geluk aan Bergbok met honours in die Superbru Investec Challenge.

Ja LB, die Guinness darem.
Posted by Bulletjie 1 (Voorstad van BULLAND) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 07:53

Ja die reëntjie is lekkeris die Republiek van Pretoria!!

Is daar nog geen nuus oor enige ander aanwinste vir die BULLE vir 2009 nie. Ek meen nou buiten Pretorius, JP wat terug is ens.
Posted by bloubefoeterd (pretoria) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 08:13
30. Bergbok, jou YSTER! Geluk met Superbru Investec honours.......
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 14:05
31. Dag almal!!
Dankie B1 en LB!!!!
Posted by Bergbok (Stormers) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 14:26
32. Middag almal

Die Barbarian span wat Saterdag teen Aus gaan speel

Barbarians – 15 Percy Montgomery (SA), 14 Joe Rokocoko (NZ), 13 Rico Gear (NZ), 12 Jean de Villiers (SA), 11 Bryan Habana (SA), 10 Francois Steyn (SA), 9 Fourie du Preez (SA), 8 Jerry Collins (NZ), 7 Richie McCaw (NZ), 6 Schalk Burger (SA), 5 Johann Muller (SA), 4 Bakkies Botha (SA), 3 Census Johnston (Samoa), 2 John Smit (SA & captain), 1 Federico Pucciariello (Italy). Subs: 16 Mark Regan (England), 17 Rodney Blake (Australia), 18 Chris Jack (NZ), 19 Nick Koster (Western Province), 20 George Gregan (Australia), 21 Ollie Smith (England), 22 Shane Williams (Wales).

Coach – Jake White

Assistant Coach – Eddie Jones

Wat 'n span! Dit gaan 'n lang dag vir die Wallabies wees
Posted by blouHenk (PE) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 16:36
33. Dis darm 'n monster van 'n lostrio daai. Dink net hoe sal mens voel as Jerry Collins en Schalk Burger jou "gang tackle"
Posted by blouHenk (PE) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 16:38
34. Hello almal.

Baie geluk aan die Springbok Sewes met die wen.

Dis nou 'n ordentlike Barbarians-span wat amper 'n Wereld-span kan wees. Is die wedstryd Saterdag of op Woensdag 3 Desember?
Posted by JB 007 (Centurion) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 17:22
35. #33 Blouhenk
Die Bulle kan darem self 'n Bulspan in die veld stoot hierdie S14.
Iets soos:
15. Zane Kirchner
14. Akona
13. Jaco Pretorius
12. Wynand Olivier
11. Bryan Habana
10. Morne Steyn
09. Fourie du Preez
08. Dewald Potgieter
07. Deon Stegman
06. Piere Spies
05. Victor Matfield
04. Bakkies Botha
03. Werner Kruger
02. Chilliboy Ralepele
01. Guthro Steenkamp
Posted by bloutokkelosie (Pretoria) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 19:34
36. En met Pakslae wat vir Bakkies supersub en 'n fikser Pedrie wat op 4,5,6 en 8 kan dek, en Kuun wat op 2 en 7 dek
Posted by bloutokkelosie (Pretoria) Monday, December 01, 2008 - 19:40
37. Dag al my Blou vriende!

#34 - JB 007, die wedstryd vind môre plaas.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Tuesday, December 02, 2008 - 05:53