05/08/2021 - Back To Masked, Non-contact Training - Masked rugby players, hand-sanitizer, ball cleaning, and lots of running and skills work greeted all players as they returned to the training field last week for non-contact training. Emirates Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen was excited to see his players and “restart” the season as the eight franchises in South Africa were allowed to return to the training field after almost four months
30/07/2020 - Expect The Unexpected From The Bulls - Just like high fives were replaced by elbow-bumps since South Africa’s eight franchises returned to non-contact training since the COVID-19 lockdown regulations were eased, there were some notable changes when the Vodacom Bulls returned to Loftus Versfeld last week. There were quite a few personnel changes in Pretoria, but most
24/07/2020 - DHL Stormers To Face Saracens In London - The DHL Stormers and Saracens have announced their intention to play a high-profile game which would see the two teams face each other at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2021. Saracens, the DHL Stormers, Tottenham Hotspur, and the Rugby Football Union are currently working closely together with other stakeholders to confirm the details in line with evolving
22/07/2020 - Policeman Ordered To Loftus - The 33-year-old loosehead prop best epitomises the term ‘late bloomer’ as he only signed his first professional contract with the Emirates Lions back in 2013 and blossomed into a mainstay amongst the front-rowers, featuring in all three Vodacom Super Rugby finals played by the Lions. Van Rooyen, affectionately known as the Policeman due to his association with Pretoria
21/07/2020 - Two Lions Recommit Until End 2021 - Wilhelm van der Sluys and Tiaan Swanepoel have both extended their contracts with the Lions and will remain in Johannesburg for the next year. Wilhelm van der Sluys has quietly been plying his trade with the Lions and has become Mr Dependable when coming off the bench in most of their Vodacom Super Rugby matches this season while he was a regular during
21/07/2020 - Bulls Release Another Player - The 25-year old former SA Schools and Junior Springbok joined the Vodacom Bulls after finishing his schooling at St. Alban's College in 2014 and went on to represent the franchise at U19, U21, Super Sport Rugby Challenge, Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby level. Nonkontwana, who can also play in the second row, made a name for himself as a quality loose forward with
21/07/2020 - Cash Excited To be Back - Emirates Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen is excited to see his players back in training as the eight franchises in South Africa were allowed to return to the training field from Monday. According to Van Rooyen, the Emirates Lions will leave nothing to chance and have planned accordingly to ensure they adhere to the safety requirements put in place for professional sports teams
17/07/2020 - SA Rugby Gets Nod To Start With Training - SA Rugby announced on Friday that professional rugby teams would return to non-contact training from Monday. The confirmation followed several weeks of preparation and consultation with government and all provincial unions to ensure compliance with regulation and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection. Eight teams will resume training with a view to
17/07/2010 - Bulls' Wiehahn Herbst Set To Cross The Jukskei - The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive human impact and, in our sport, has asked fundamental questions of the viability of competitions and fixture scheduling. SA Rugby has been kept abreast of the thinking in New Zealand and of the outcomes of the Aratipu Report to address the immediate challenges of travel restrictions that may stretch
16/07/2020 - SA Schools Lock Sign With Lions - 2018 was one of the highlights of his career as he went to Craven Week where the Sharks battled it out on the final day against Western Province. His hard work was rewarded when he also made the SA Schools side. The year was ended off on a high when this team faced France in the Aon U18 International Series, thus far the biggest match of his career.
15/07/2020 - Jaco Visagie's Move to Lions Confirmed - The Blue Bulls Company confirmed today that experienced hooker Jaco Visagie will be leaving Loftus Versfeld and will link up with the Emirates Lions. Visagie made his first-class debut in 2013's Vodacom Cup and went on to represent the franchise at all levels including U19, U21, Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby. He earned his 50th cap for the Vodacom Bulls against the Blues earlier this year.
15/02/2020 - Lions Sign EW Viljoen - EW Viljoen is returning home to South Africa and will settle in Johannesburg with the Emirates Lions after a stint with the Leicester Tigers since 2019. The experienced outside centre grew up in Bloemfontein where his rugby career started. From there he moved to Western Province in 2014 where he made 28 appearances for the Stormers since his debut in
13/07/2020 - Burger Odendaal To Join Lions - Odendaal started his professional career at Loftus in 2012 making his debut in the Vodacom Cup a little before turning 20. He is also one of the few current players to have surpassed the 50-cap mark in both Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup. Jake White, Director of Rugby at the BBCo, thanked Odendaal for his contributions and wished him well, “Burger has poured a lot of himself
09/07/2020 - Lions Confirm Return Of Ruan Dreyer - The Lions confirmed on Thursday that Springbok prop Ruan Dreyer will return to Ellis Park after a two-year absence. He left the Lions after the 2018 Super Rugby season to joined coach Johan Ackermann at English club Gloucester. Johan Ackerman left Gloucester during the Covid-19 pandemic which leads to a massive exodus of players including South Africans
08/07/2020 - Several Players Re-Commit To The Lions - The Lions announced the signing and re-signing of several key players during the past week. Late last week the Lions announced that 24-year-old Rabz Maxwane will join them from the Toyota Cheetahs. Rabz finished the 2018/19 Pro14 season as the competition’s top try-scorer with his 14 tries.
01/07/2020 - Newlands Safe For Now - The Council of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has voted in favour of a proposed agreement regarding the development of DHL Newlands by an overwhelming majority. The loan agreement approved on Tuesday will enable the WPRFU to pay off its debt to Remgro and Investec Bank. Guarantees have already been obtained in this regard, subject to the ratification of the
25/02/2020 - Josh Strauss Bids Farewell To The Bulls - The Scottish international joined the Vodacom Bulls in 2019 and featured strongly in the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition before it was halted due to Covid-19. Contrary to media reports, there has been an open line of communication between BBCo Director of Rugby Jake White, and Strauss’ management agency over the last few months.
25/06/2020 - White Stocks Up On Locks With The Signing Of Uys - Uys has spent the last few seasons with CA Brive after an initial six months with fellow Top 14 outfit Pau. It did not take him long to carve out a reputation as a powerful ball carrier in the unforgiving environment that is French rugby, but what sets him apart is his ball-handling ability, an attribute usually more associated with loose
25/06/2020 - SA Rugby's Return To Play Postponed, Again - In a statement released by SARU, they confirmed that they had sought and received clarification from the government on several questions relating to the return to non-contact training. As a result, SA Rugby would advise government this week of its technical preparedness to return to training, as per government requirements.
23/07/2020 - Bulls Lock in Manjezi - The Blue Bulls Company confirmed that 25-year-old lock forward Sintu Manjezi will join the Vodacom Bulls from the Toyota Cheetahs from 1 July. Manjezi has stamped his authority in the Guinness PRO14 in recent seasons as a tough as nails and uncompromising lock in the Toyota Cheetahs’ pack. His core strength in the scrum coupled with his prowess at lineout time and ability to poach the
18/06/2020 - Lions Announce New Managing Director For Ellis Park Stadium (Pty)Ltd - Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd. announced the appointment of Pieter Burger who will assume the position of Managing Director effective from 1 August 2020. Burger, currently the CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby Union, is an experienced rugby administrator and strong business development professional.
16/06/2020 - Bulls Confirm Appointment Of Grey's Wessel du Plessis - The 35-year-old Du Plessis represented the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U20s and 7s teams before injuries curtailed his playing career and started his coaching career in 2004 with the Free State U17 team before shifting into the building industry for several years. In 2010, Du Plessis joined Grey College as a teacher and in 2014, he was appointed
14/06/2020 - Lions Lose Battle To Retain Malcolm Marx - According to the Rapport newspaper, the Lions has lost the battle to keep Malcolm Marx in Johannesburg. He will join Frans Ludeke at Kubota Spears in Japan. Marx, who cancelled his agreement with the Lions during the 21-day clause and the Lions was in negotiations since 14 May 2020. The 21-day clause was part of an agreement between SARU and players whereby
12/06/2020 - Cornal Hendricks Resign With Bulls - Jake White, director of rugby at the Blue Bulls Company on retaining the services of the wing, “Cornal offers the full package and is the epitome of what a world-class wing should be. He has an amazing work rate and is one of the best finishers in the country. His approach and attitude to the game, his team and life, in general, is an example for anybody. We are proud to have
12/06/2020 - Carr Join Already Impressive Blue Bulls Line-up - The 29-year-old former Bishops Diocesan College scholar is no stranger to the South African rugby landscape as he stamped his authority in Vodacom Super Rugby while playing in the colours of the DHL Stormers where he represented the franchise at almost every level. Carr has established himself as an uncompromising and hard as nails no.8 but can pack down
09/07/2020 - Vodacom Blue Bulls Establish Relief Fund For Rugby Community - The Blue Bulls Company and Blue Bulls Rugby Union are proud to announce the establishing of the Vodacom Bulls Relief Fund, which is aimed at assisting employees and those that serve in club and community rugby in our region. This essential and ground-breaking initiative in the rugby industry has been kick started by the
08/06/2020 - Crowd Welcome At First Super Rugby Matches In New Zealand - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed there will be no limit on crowd numbers when the Highlanders play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday 13 June and the Blues host the Hurricanes at Eden Park the following day, Sunday 14 June. NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said the Government announcement that New
03/07/2020 - SuperRugby - All The Law Changes For SuperRugby Aotearoa As Announced - The new-look competition kicks off on Saturday, 13 June when the Highlanders play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, with the Blues playing the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Sunday, 14 June. New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Head of Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum said Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa provided an opportunity to
29/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Kriel Brothers To Re-Unite At Loftus - The 21-year-old weighs in at 94kgs and stands at a whopping 1.94m. He is an ominous threat with ball in hand while his height becomes an obvious advantage when contesting the high ball. As with all the other Kriels linked to the Bulls over the last few years, his younger brother and the more famous twins Jesse and Dan, he is a hard-running physical back
29/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Manie Libbok On His Way To the Sharks - Libbok, who can also play at fullback and has dabbled on the wing and centre, certainly made his mark at Loftus Versfeld with his never-say-die attitude and his energetic nature. The 22-year-old former Junior Springbok and SA Schools star represented the franchise at every level before stamping his authority in Vodacom Super Rugby.
27/02/2020 - SuperRugby - Jake White Announce Final Senior Coaching Group - Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White, today confirmed his much anticipated senior coaching group, after what may best be described as an overhaul of the BLOU MASJIEN since his induction into the role in March earlier this year. White heads up the group, with his trademark hands-on approach, rolling up the director
26/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Ismaiel Returns To Loftus Versfeld - The Vodacom Bulls are delighted to announce the return of one of Loftus' favourite sons as the quickfire Travis Ismaiel returns to Pretoria after a short stint with Harlequins in the English Premiership. Ismaiel needs no introduction to the #BullsFamily as he established himself as the incumbent left wing for several seasons before his move abroad.
26/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Schalk Erasmus Return To His Roots - The Vodacom Bulls are excited to announce that DHL Western Province hooker, Schalk Erasmus, will make the move to Pretoria as of June 2020 or as soon as travel restrictions allow. He signed a three-year contract that will see him at Loftus Versfeld until October 2023. Erasmus is no stranger to Pretoria as the 22-year-old dynamic front-rower was schooled at
22/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Russel Winter Appointed As Vodacom Bulls' Forward Coach - Experienced forwards coach, Russell Winter, will join the Vodacom Bulls as one of Director of Rugby, Jake White's assistant coaches as the #BullsFamily continues to build an experienced and talent-laden player and management group. Winter enjoyed a long and fruitful playing career as the 44-year-old former loose forward
21/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Du Toit Commits To Western Province - World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has withdrawn the contract termination notification submitted last week and committed his future to Western Province Rugby. This contract extension means that Du Toit will remain with the DHL Stormers until at least the end of the British and Irish Lions tour next year and will receive the same salary reduction
20/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Gelant signs with WP Rugby - Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant has signed with Western Province Rugby, adding considerable experience and pedigree to the DHL Stormers backline. The fleet-footed World Cup winner, who turns 25 on Wednesday, is one of the most exciting outside backs in South Africa and will add firepower to a DHL Stormers backline which already features the likes of Herschel
20/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Steenkamp Signs With Vodacom Bulls - The Vodacom Bulls confirm that lock Walt Steenkamp will join the team as of November 2020 after he signed a two year deal with the #BullsFamily. The towering 24-year-old lock forward, who stands 2.03m at 121kg, had been gaining valuable experience in the Guinness PRO14 for the Toyota Cheetahs before opting to ply his trade in Pretoria.
19/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Grobbelaar, Steenkamp And Uys Commit To Vodacom Bulls - The exciting trio Johan Grobbelaar, Gerhard Steenekamp and Muller Uys have recommitted their playing futures with the Vodacom Bulls as the franchise continues to build an electrifying squad under Director of Rugby, Jake White. The young trio have already had a taste of Vodacom Super Rugby action this season, before the
16/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Pieter-Steph du Toit Set To Leave WP - Pieter-Steph du Toit has informed Western Province he cancel his contract with immediate effect. This following the "21-day" clause that was part of a survival plan which was formulated and agreed by bodies representing SA Rugby, MyPlayers (the players’ representative organisation), Sports Employees’ Unite (employees’ trade union) and the South
15/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Arno Botha To Return To Loftus Versfeld - Kotze, whose preferred position is at outside center and is also very comfortable on the wings, was one of the more consistent starters over the last few years. He displayed an amazing overall work rate, with seven line breaks in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season thus far (6 games). The hard running center also boasted an amazing tackle
15/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Lions Rugby Lose Five Players - As one of the terms of the Industry Salary Plan (ISP) to deal with the repercussions of Covid-19, SA Rugby introduced a 21-day window allowing for players and staff to cancel their current contracts with immediate effect. With that said, we would like to announce that we will part ways with the following people who have been an integral part of the Lions for some time:
13/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Gia Aplon Joins Vodacom Bull - Aplon proved to be a nemesis of his new team when he played in the colours of the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province. He epitomised the phrase ‘size doesn't matter’ with his explosive speed and nimble feet allowing him to score tries from almost anywhere on the field, taking on the biggest and the best the game had to offer.
11/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Kiwi Super Rugby Back In June " - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed that the domestic form of Super Rugby involving the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders, known as Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa will start on Saturday 13 June. Today’s news follows the Government’s announcement on Thursday that professional rugby and
08/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Blue Bulls Company Appoints New CEO - Rathbone, who will officially start at the Vodacom Bulls on 1 June 2020, is no stranger to the rugby environment. He has been a pillar and servant to the Lions Rugby Company and Ellis Park for the last seven years, starting his rugby journey as head of Finance and Administration in 2013. In 2014 he was appointed Chief
07/05/2020 - Super Rugby To Restart - In New Zealand - “As soon as the country announces what date we move to alert level two, we will be able to confirm what date Investec Super Rugby will kick off.” Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa involves New Zealand’s five teams – the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders – and has been developed by NZR in conjunction with SANZAAR,
04/05/2020 - SuperRugby - SANZAAR Denies False Rumours - "Whilst it is acknowledged that the impact of COVID-19 has presently brought unprecedented change to the world of rugby as we have known it, any changes to the Super Rugby structure this year and into the future are matters that are currently being discussed in detail by all the joint-venture, national union stakeholders: Argentina,
02/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Another Bok Return To Loftus - Van der Merwe established himself at the Vodacom Bulls when he made the move from Bloemfontein in 2014 after making his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Toyota Cheetahs. His performances in that 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby earned him a Springbok call up where he earned seven Test caps. He also represented the Junior Springboks in