DHL Western Province and Vodacom Blue Bulls stand together to support the fight against MND

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DHL Western Province and the Vodacom Blue Bulls have decided to dedicate Saturday's Absa Currie Cup fourth round match to two rugby heroes who are involved in a battle of their own, Tinus Linee and Joost van der Westhuizen, both of whom are suffering from Motor Neuron Disease.

 As the world continues to highlight the plight of those affected by Neuromuscular Disease via the social media phenomenon that is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Province and the Blue Bulls have decided to highlight the bravery of both Linee and Van der Westhuizen through Saturday's Absa Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld.

The DHL Western Province players will wear armbards on Saturday with the wording '#TINUS', whilst the men in blue will be playing with '#J9' armbands - all in a bid to create awareness of MND in South Africa and further afield.

The idea was the brainchild of Western Province captain Juan de Jongh, who told "Tinus is a legend within Western Province rugby circles and, of course, nobody needs reminding of what Joost achieved as a Blue Bulls player, and in the Green and Gold of South Africa.

"We thought we would do our bit to create awareness for those affected by Motor Neuron Disease in South Africa and the world over, while at the same time, paying tribute to the bravery shown by Tinus and Joost, true warriors both on and off the field.

"As professional sportsmen, who are lucky and healthy enough to play a game we love, we are also very grateful for being able to do so on a weekly basis."

CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan, expressed the privilege and honour of being able to be involved in this fight on behalf of his team and staff: “Firstly we must commend Western Province, and in particular their skipper Juan de Jongh for conceptualising this initiative for Saturday’s game. This only enhances his abilties as a great leader.

“Both Joost and Tinus are undoubtedly legends of the game, and have contributed so much to growing this beautiful sport. It’s only fitting that we as a rugby community join them, and other sufferers, in their fight against this dreaded disease.

“We have been actively involved in assisting the J9 Foundation over the last year and are looking forward to a long road ahead together, with some amazing fund and awareness raising projects schelued for the near future.”

Kick off will be at 17:05 at Loftus Versfeld and tickets are now available at Ticketpro via online bookings at Ticket prices start from as little as R10 for kids under the age of 18 and R50 for adults per ticket (behind the posts).

Due to road works around the stadium, The Blue Bulls Company would like to encourage the public to make use of the Gautrain. Gautrain Bus Services will operate between Hatfield Station and Loftus Versfeld with the last bus departing Loftus Versfeld at 8pm to catch the last train at 8:30pm. Standard train and bus fares apply.

“It is great to see the Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province supporting Joost van der Westhuizen, Tinus Linee, the J9 Foundation and so many others, in their fight against Motor Neuron Disease. MND ( ALS as it is referred to in other countries) is a relatively unknown degenerative disease which has no cure. With the support shown, awareness and funds can be created to help the J9 Foundation in improving the quality of life for those suffering from MND.” said David Thorpe - the CEO of the J9 Foundation.

Those wanting to make a donation for Tinus Linee can email, whilst those wanting to make a donation towards the J9 Foundation should visit

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Aug 28, 2014

(4) DHL Western Province and Vodacom Blue Bulls stand together to support the fight against MND

  1. gravatar tinus says:
    my beskeie mening na 40 jaar van ondersteuning van bulle is:

    1) almal weet hulle skop regs af ,doen dit nog steeds en elke keer op dieselfde plek,kommerwekkend is hulle skop nogal diep af in opponente se kwart gebied wat beteken hulle kan direk uitskop????
    2) stutte staan week na week dieselfde strafskoppe af in skrums
    3) lynstane almal weet hulle skop oor lynstaan die bal kms ver in die ander vleuel se hande
    4)almal weet binne senter breek die hele tyd binne toe en buite senter moet clean,dit is al wat hy moet doen ,hoeveel belowende buite senters het hulle nie opgeneek nie Dippenaar, Sadie , venter ,jj Engelbrecht, hulle het hom n senter gemaak wat altyd n vleuel is ,en hom gevat van hero na zero.
    5) geen teenaanvalle nie ,ons teenaanval is skop die besit weg.
    6) skrumskakel wat 3 tree hardloop dan is hele agterlyn van opponente al op ons ,of hy skop besit doeloos weg
    7) losvoorspelers moet die loskrum skoonmaak en vinnige balbesit bewerkstellig,ons sin heel laaste by afbreekpunt.
    8) loskakel wat eers skop voordat hy pass, dit is al so in hom gekweek hy ken nie anderste nie.
    9) almal weet die laaste 20 min dan is spel oop dan sit jy vinigge manne op ,slot en losvoorspeler nie ons nie die plaasvervangers nog stadiger.
    10) alamal weet laaste 5 min dan wil ons speel vir ons lewens dan is dit te laat

    week na week dieselfde gemors,daarom na 40 jaar ,kan ek nie soos spelers en afrigters vandag unies verander nie ,ek bly blou maar ek kyk eerder rolbal meer plesier en skills
  2. Johan Bruyns says:
    I challenged the bulls to do #MNDIceBucketChallenge last Sunday when I did it and posted it on youtube and facebook. Why no reply?
  3. gravatar Paarlbul says:
    Vanoggend vir Joost oor die radio hoor praat, of eerder probeer praat.

    My hart bloei vir Joost een van die heel grootste Bulle!!

    Sterkte Joost.
  4. gravatar Mark Kruger says:
    Die WP kaptein moes die Blou Bulle weer leer hoe om iets te doen, dit nadat Joost eerste die siekte gehad het en een van die mees lojale spelers ooit was????? Skaam jou BvG!!

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