Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls in 2017

Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls in 2017

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Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls after Vodacom Super Rugby campaign
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd on Monday confirmed that loose forward Arno Botha will leave the franchise at the end of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
Botha will link up with Ulster.
Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls after Vodacom Super Rugby campaign
The High Performance Manager of the BBC, Xander Janse van Rensburg, said that Botha, who has played for the Vodacom Bulls 46 times in his career so far, will finish the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season with the team before joining up with the Irish.
"Arno received a very good offer from Ulster. We have been in constant discussions with Arno about his future since 2016.
“We want to thank him for his contribution, we are thankful and proud of what he has done. The situation is that we can’t financially make an offer close to what he’s currently earning. Luckily we have great players coming through that we will be investing in," Janse van Rensburg said.
"He is still a big player for us in the coming months and we are expecting some meaningful contributions from him as we embark on a tough Vodacom Super Rugby campaign."
Janse van Rensburg wished Botha well. "We know he will be successful with Ulster. He is a very professional player. Both parties are in unison that it’s the best move for him at this stage of his career."
Botha said he was comfortable with the decision.
"I have achieved such a lot with the Vodacom Bulls and will give my all to help the team to try and win the Vodacom Super Rugby title in 2017, something that has eluded me so far in my career. I am only leaving at the end of the campaign and is highly motivated to deliver for the team. The decision to move to Ulster was taken after considerable thought from my side and I feel it is the right time in my career to feel what rugby in the Northern Hemisphere is all about. Till then, I am as passionate about the Bulls as I have ever been."

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Jan 16, 2017

(5) Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls in 2017

  1. gravatar Bulperd says:
    No comment!! net terleurgestel dat die eerste kommunikasie vir die jaar van die Bulls is n negatiewe een oor iemand wat weg gaan. Wat gaan aan met besering, voorbereiding en so aan? Strauss, Smit, Pollard besering?
  2. gravatar Blou Bevonk says:
    Dit lyk my die website is nog met vakansie. Iedergeval hier begin die probleem al klaar dat goeie spelers die land verlaat. Mens kan hulle seker nie blameer nie. Ek dink hierdie kwessie moet op IRB vlak bekyk word.

    Teen wie is die Bulle se opwarmings wedstryde? So terloops waar is Jan Serfontein?
  3. gravatar Bullterrier says:
    As hulle Mahoje en Carr by my speel sou ek ook die land verlaat. En boonop as my coach my sub in die CC final terwyl ek kaptein is met 35min oor asook amper elke game halftyd afhaal al is ek kaptein, sou ek ook weereens waai. Sterkte Arno!!!Jy gaan 'n fan favourite word in Ulster!
  4. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    uiteindelik is die bulle weer terug op die lug.

    Arno is nou 25, hy sal nie vir die Bokke gekies word nie. hy gaan nooit die geld in SA verdien wat hy in Europa sal verdien nie. dis nou sy kans. ek is bly die Bulle kon onderhandel tot na die 2017 Superrugby seisoen.

    net een punt wat ek wil noem: speel vir Hanro Liebenberg soveel as moontlik op nr 8. Ervaring het geleer die afgelope 5 jaar dat speles wat aan die einde van die 2017 superrugby seisoen reeds kontrakte het, is banger vir beserings en gee nie alles nie. Kies spelers wat alles gaan gee.
  5. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    Al the best of wishes to Arno Botha, a true blue Bull and loyal man to the Bulls. Nowadays staying longer than 3 years counts for long term. Arno made his debut in 2011 for the Bulls in the CC I think. His leadership will be missed. Since his last injury though, Arno wasn't quite the bursting player he was back then - hope he can recover some form this season.

    this season will by Noliss' second in the Superrugby torunament.

    he has done well during the CC the past two seasons (3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2016) but his first year at the helm at the Bulls Superrugby tournament finished at nr. 9. Last season we had the excuse of fielding youngsters especially at lock, front row and at the back three. We were worried about the Bulls depth at 9 and 10. I think in retrospect all concerns was legitimate, seeing that both our scrumhalves struggled to maintain good form, while Schoeman and Brummer never really put in consistent performances themselves. Tiaan had a decent run during the Currie Cup and I hope he can continue his form in 2017. I do have question marks about Jantjes at 10, totally overrated player who did not even make the EP Kings squad. Joshua Stander proved to be a good replacement at 12 during the Currie Cup last season, but he too is way to inconsistent at 10. the Bulls need a stable pivot there who can dictate the flow of the game, while we need a nr. 9 who is able to protect his flyhalf and deliver a tip top service. I believe Ivan van Zyl deserves a full chance, while Neil Papier must get a chance on the bench. Paige was crowned mister slow for the Boks last season and Piet van Zyl loves tho drop balls or throw it to the opposition.

    All eyes are on Pollard though, as his injury last year basically put a stop on all realistic chances we fancied ourselves to reach the play offs.

    As for the rest of the team: it will be interesting to see what Nollis will bring out in the midfield this season. whether he prefers to play Jesse at 13 or 15 and who will carry the honours at 11 and 14. We have plenty of depth there. I would have preferred that we kept SP Marais at 15 - he brought a lot of stability last season at the back and it was a same the Buls dropped him in favour of Ulrich Beyers, who looked out of his depth.

    I really hope the supporters will come out to Loftus and support the team.

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