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More loose forwards for patchwork Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2014 at 10:32
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For a union that recruits quite so many juniors (around 45 new contracted under 19 players each year, by my count) and prides itself on succession planning, the Bulls sure seem to do a lot of panic buying. News out this morning is that two further loose forwards will join them on short-term contracts this week.

After Super Rugby last year, when around half of their senior squad left Loftus in disgust at being offered lower-than-expected renewal contracts, a slew of Kings Super Rugby players were brought in to stem the tide; the feeling being that there were no suitable youngsters available to step in at the time. The Currie Cup campaign was a disaster notwithstanding and of these imports, only Jacques Engelbrecht remains as a regular member of the Super Rugby squad.

The Bulls have now snapped up another former King, with loose forward Wimpie van der Walt signed as emergency cover. He will apparently only be a Bull for two months or so before returning to his Japanese club.

A further trend is to entice players who were deemed surplus to requirement in the past to return. First Jacques-Louis Potgieter was plucked from the French club scene (after concerns that their two “next big things” at flyhalf simply weren’t ready for Super Rugby) and now it appears that another Potgieter, flank Dewald, will also be pulled back from Japan. The former captain was widely vilified after his decisions during last year’s semi-final cost the side victory against the Brumbies and one felt that his decision to move to Japan was one that was very mutually agreeable. What a surprise, then, to hear that less than six months later he’ll be back to do a rescue job, before resuming his career in Japan in a few months’ time.


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