Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 19s… ‘New Blue Blood’

Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 19s… ‘New Blue Blood’

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The start of the New Year is always an amazing time, as it bubbles over with hopes, dreams and a ton of anticipation. It’s always a little more exciting for us at Loftus Versfeld, as we officially welcome our new group of Under 19s to the #BullsFamily.

A group 50, carefully selected youngsters from across the country, took their first steps into a career of professional rugby today, as they attended an orientation ceremony hosted by the Blue Bulls Company. Various high profile members of the coaching and management team, including Vodacom Bulls Super Rugby Head Coach Nollis Marais, CEO Barend van Graan, President of the BBRU Gert Wessels, and High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg, addressed the players, together with their parents and loved ones. 

Janse van Rensburg, who has already played a major role in getting these youngsters to Loftus, emphasized that the focus of the Blue Bulls Company has shifted back to nurturing the young talent within our ranks, specifically the players at Under 19 level.

This elite group is also bigger than in the previous years. With the Currie Cup season starting earlier in 2016, and overlapping with the Vodacom Super Rugby season, the bigger junior group takes pressure off the senior system, allowing them to focus on Super Rugby. This will also assist in alleviating the pressure and high demand that will result from the extended season. 

“It is essential for us to believe in our youngsters and give them our full backing and support. We all need to remember that the bigger vision for these young men is not one that will be achieved overnight - it will take time, immense dedication and lots of hard work.”

He also went on to urge the youngsters to seize and enjoy every moment of this opportunity: “…you will be taught many skills not only on the field, but also off the field. Utilise these skills, maximise every moment and opportunity to grow and become not only a better player, but most importantly, a better person.  Rugby will come and go, but life continues. It’s important to live a life of value and impact, one that echoes for an eternity, and one that leaves things better than the way you initially found it.”


The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 19 squad for 2016:

FORWARDS: Simphiwe Matanzima, Anele Songca, Raynard Esterhuizen, Gerhard Steenekamp, Johan Grobbelaar, Nico Peyper, Franco Botha, Cole van Tonder, O’Neil Thiart, Ig Prinsloo, Mashao Mukhari, Christiaan Swanepoel, Hendre Stassen, Marius Verwey, Ruben van Heerden, Timothy Davids, Érik Groenewald, Vic Meyer, Adriaan Burger, Luvuyo Ndevu, Justin Levendal, Riekert Korff, Dylan van der Walt, Jaco Bezuidenhout, Tristan Dixon, Eduan Lubbe, MJ Hayes, Evan Booysen

BACKS: Joshua Allderman, Jason Olivier, Jordan du Preez, André Swanepoel, Sergio Kasper, Manie Lebbok, Boeta Hamman, Rudi Potgieter, Sentle Lehoko, Stedman Gans, JT Potgieter, Matt Kriel, Erich Cronje, Heino Bezuidenhout, Ciaran Dayaram, Jordan Holgate, Grant Dixie, Irvin Ali, Ivan Smit, Andell Loubser, Louwtjie Steenkamp, Happiness Peterson

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Jan 11, 2016
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(6) Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 19s… ‘New Blue Blood’

  1. gravatar Dylan says:
    Ek sien Matt Kriel is ook daar, nou het ons al drie broers by ons.
  2. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Dankie vir nuus u die Bul kamp.

    As ek so kyk na die skole rugbytruie op die foto dan het Affies maar droewige eerste span gehad in 2015.
  3. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    I wish the Bulls all the best for 2016. There are lots of challenges on your doorstep but may this just serve as a excersize in becoming better.

    I would like to make a request that this site be managed by a webmaster who inows and is interested in Bulls rugby. Fir a professional outfit and with a proud history as the Bulls it is not acceptable that player profiles is unavailable. Old photos of players who has already left the union is not on.
  4. gravatar Dries says:
    Vic Meyer?!! Nee regtig, nou raak dinge darem te erg. Dié oudste van Heyneke was miskien hoofseun van Affies, maar hy het verlede jaar gesukkel om dié skool se eerstes te haal. Hy het nie eers regdeur die seisoen vir hul eerstes gespeel nie!

    Maar nouja, sy neef Xander het seker maar ingespring en gesorg dat hy eendag ook sal kan spog dat hy op sy dag 'n professionele rugbyspeler was....

    Ek sou verlede seisoen in die res van Pretoria (veral by skole soos HTS John Vorster, Oos-Moot, Montana en Overkruin -- daardie skole waarvan Xander en Werner nie weet nie) ten minste vyf beter losvoorspelers as Vic Meyer kon uitwys.

    Skande!! Dan wonder hulle hoekom getroue ondersteuners nie meer die Bulle ernstig wil opneem nie!
  5. gravatar cenic says:
    Weet iemand dalk wat het geword van P.J.Toerien, verlede nog op Garsies/0/19 asook Juan Basson?
  6. gravatar nitronic says:
    in other news JJ Engelbrecht leaves Bulls for Ospreys and wont be playing Super rugby

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