Dear #BullsFamily

I just thought I’d drop you a quick note to give you an update on what’s happening in the camp.

There’s an amazing buzz at Loftus as we draw closer to Vodacom Super Rugby kickoff, especially on the field as the team starts putting the final touches on our pre-season training. I’m sure that the boys would agree with me when I say that there’s a feeling of high-anticipation here, one that none of us have felt before. I suppose this is what a racehorse feels like waiting for those gates to open…J.

The new guys have settled in well and Loftus, and have adjusted amazing well to our #BullsFamily culture. While the youngsters have really stepped up in pre-season, giving some of the experienced campaigners a run for their money. But I suppose that’s what makes any team sport special, the fact we keep each other on our toes. 

Coach Nollis and the management team have really put us through our paces over the last few months, and I’ll be the first say… Pre-season, is not an easy time. But it is an amazing time!”

On a personal note, I’m just glad to be running with the boys again and doing what I love to do. As strange as it sounds, I’ve never been happier to be tackled and knocked over than in my first contact session back. It’s been a long and challenging road to recovery, but I’m feeling fitter and stronger than ever and raring to go.. Being handed to captaincy, while Adriaan is recovering, is a huge honor and massive responsibility, and I shall wear the title with pride. Be assured that I will represent you as the fans in this role to the best of my abilities.

Our warm-up games went exceptionally well, and even though the results was not the most important part of the exercise, it’s rather re-assuring to have a few victories under the belt going into the season. The team traveled and bonded well, both in Zimbabwe and in Brisbane, as you would have probably noticed from the videos and pictures doing the rounds on social media…J

All things aside, it’s time to bring some trophies back to Loftus. No matter what we do, and how we go about doing it, you as the fans demand results during the season, and would love to see some cups back at Loftus. So lets do this together, lets take 2017 and turn it into OUR year, the year of the #BullsFamily… This won’t happen with only 23 men on a field, it won’t happen with you sitting on the couch… It becomes a reality, when all 2,4 million of us that claim to be part of this #BullsFamily stand together and believe in the same goal.

Don’t be just a fan, be part of us… Be part of the game. You can influence what happens on the field… When a player lies on the ground, battered, bruised and bleeding, and he feels like he’s done, let your face be the one that he see’s in the stand at Loftus, the one that inspires him to stand up and fight to the end.

Here’s to 2017… the year of the #BullFamily

Handre Pollard
Your Captain of the Vodacom Bulls

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