Bulls get Kiwi help

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:53
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NEWS: The Bulls have confirmed the use of New Zealand coaching consultants to help turn their dismal season around.

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith and current Chiefs coach Dave Rennie had information sessions with the Bulls coaching staff, while Springbok assistant coaches Johann van Graan and Matthew Proudfoot were also on hand to help the Pretoria side. 

Even South African cricket captain AB de Villiers assisted where he can.

According to the Bulls, De Villiers chatted about culture in a team environment with head coach Nollis Marais and the franchise's High Performance Manager.

Owen Eastwood, an advisor to the Proteas cricket team, also chatted to the Bulls squad and management about team culture.

"It happens quite often that the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) engage consultants to assist the various coaching staffs and management where requested," said BBC Chief Executive Officer Barend van Graan.

"We have used various consultants where needed and upon request from our coaching staff. This is nothing new and our head coach and High Performance Manager has initiated a number of visits by consultants to advise and assist."

The Bulls have only won one of their five matches so far and are currently 17 points behind leaders Stormers in the Africa Conference One standings.

After their 12-28 loss to the Chiefs last weekend, they next play the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 27 October 2017
Griquas v Griffons 16h30 Kimberley
Glasgow Warriors v Kings 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 AJ Bell Stadium
Ospreys v Dragons 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Munster 19h35 Sportsground
Sat, 28 October 2017
Australia v Barbarians 04h00 Sydney
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham
Treviso v Edinburgh 14h00 Stadio Monigo
Saracens v London Irish 14h00 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Wasps 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Sharks v Western Province 14h00 Durban
Zebre v Cheetahs 16h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 17h15 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 29 October 2017
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Kingston Park
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28