Bulls have a new captain

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:40

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bulls will have a new captain when they host the Jaguares in a Super Rugby pre-season outing at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Bulls coach John Mitchell named an exciting and larger than normal squad - with Springbok lock Lodewyk De Jager to lead a team that features fellow Springboks Marnitz Boshoff and Trevor Nyakane.

The game will be the Bulls last pre-season warm-up against outside opposition, before heading into the much anticipated Super Rugby season.

The extended bench will also boast a host of Springboks including Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard, with Roelof Smit and Rudolph Snyman also no strangers to the Green and Gold.

The match will see a return to action for the likes of Gelant, Pollard and Kriel, who toured with the Springboks to Europe in November.

Jason Jenkins, who returned from Japanese club duties, will also be eager to get a bit of game time off the bench.

"We need to give everyone a proper run and I think this will be a good test for the side," Mitchell said.

"The approach to this will pretty much be about ourselves and what we want to achieve, but one has to acknowledge that the Jaguares will be a very good test. They have some very good players that will test our guys individually, and also some pretty impressive set pieces and plays, something that will put our structures and processes to a good test."

Mitchell was happy to have good variety in his selection.

"The squad is a balanced one, with lots of players offering a variety of skills to the team. The important thing will be to mould those into the team dynamics, and for it to be tested under pressure. This match will be the perfect test."

Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Francois Brummer, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Themba Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lodewyk de Jager (captain), 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements - from: Warrick Gelant, Divan Rossouw, Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal, Johnny Kotze, Handre Pollard, Andre Warner, Hanro Liebenberg, Jason Jenkins, Roelof Smit, Rudolph Snyman, Conraad van Vuuren, Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman. Jan-Henning Campher, Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Eli Snyman, Shaun Adendorff, Theo Maree, JT Jackson, Franco Naude, Andell Loubser.

Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.00 (12.00 Buenos Aires; 15.00 GMT)
Referee: TBC

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