Vodacom Bulls Welcome Back Two Springboks


Ruan Nortje will lead a Vodacom Bulls side that sees the return of Springbok duo, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Canan Moodie for round 10 of the 2023/24 Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

The Vodacom Bulls will have a front row comprising Gerhard Steenekamp alongside Johan Grobbelaar and Mornay Smith. Behind them will be a lock combination of Reinhardt Ludwig and captain, Ruan Nortje.

Marco van Staden, Elrigh Louw and Cameron Hanekom will complete the forward pack in the third row.

Embrose Papier swaps partners at half-back as he pairs up with Jaco van der Walt for round 10 of the competition. Behind them will be Canan Moodie at left wing and Kurt-Lee Arendse on the right side of the park, with David Kriel and Stedman Gans combining at centre.

Fresh off his new permanent contract with the herd, Devon Williams will get a run from full-back, giving cover to the side with his versatile left boot.

This weekend’s impact squad will see Akker van der Merwe, Simphiwe Matanzima, Francois Kloppers, Janko Swanepoel, Marcell Coetzee, Keagan Johannes, Johan Goosen and Mpilo Gumede all on standby to provide fresh legs when duty calls.

Kick-off for the second Jukskei derby of the season is set for 15:00 (SA Time).

Vodacom Bulls: 1. Gerhard Steenekamp (Laerskool Mooirivier), 2. Johan Grobbelaar (Paarl Gymnasium), 3. Mornay Smith (Hoerskool Eldoraigne), 4. Reinhardt Ludwig (Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool), 5. Ruan Nortje (c) (Hoerskool Wonderboom), 6. Marco van Staden (Hoërskool Bekker), 7. Elrigh Louw (Transvalia High School), 8. Cameron Hanekom (Paarl Boys High School), 9. Embrose Papier (Hoerskool Gaasfontein), 10. Jaco van der Walt (Laerskool Randfontein), 11. Canan Moodie (Boland Landbou Laerskool George Suid), 12. David Kriel (Eikestad Primary), 13. Stedman Gans (Laerskool Vredenburg), 14. Kurt-Lee Arendse (Paulus Joubert High School), 15. Devon Williams (Paarl Boys High). Replacements: 16. Simphiwe Matanzima (Queens College), 17. Akker van der Merwe (Laerskool George Suid), 18. Francois Kloppers (Winterton Primary School), 19. Janko Swanepoel (Gene Louw Primary School), 20. Marcell Coetzee (Suid-Natal Primary), 21. Keagan Johannes (Avondale Primary), 22. Johan Goosen (Grey College), 23. Mpilo Gumede (Durban High School)