Bulls announce training squad
- 14 Dec 2013
The Bulls have named a 37-man squad for their training camp at Sun City during the weekend of 10-12 January.
Despite losing 10 players to overseas clubs, the squad still contains 14 Springboks and eight players who have won the Super Rugby title with the Bulls.
'We came up short in the semi-finals of the competition this year, so the squad is really determined to go one better next year,' said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke. 'We have a good mix of experience and youth and I am looking forward to the contributions we can expect from our younger generation of players next year.'
Meanwhile, the Bulls confirmed that Grant Hattingh and Jono Ross had extended their contracts with the union until the end of October 2016.
Props: Morné Mellett, Dean Greyling, Frik Kirsten, Werner Kruger, Marcel van der Merwe
Hookers: Callie Visagie, Bandise Maku, Bongi Mbonambi
Locks: Flip van der Merwe, Paul Willemse, Grant Hattingh, David Bulbring
Loose forwards: Deon Stegman, Wiaan Liebenberg, Arno Botha, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jacques du Plessis, Pierre Spies, Jono Ross
Scrumhalves: Francois Hougaard, Piet van Zyl, Rudy Paige
Flyhalves: Louis Fouché, Handré Pollard
Centres: Jan Serfontein, Waylon Murray, JJ Engelbrecht, William Small-Smith
Outside backs: Bjorn Basson, Akona Ndungane, Sampie Mastriet, Travis Ismaiel, Jürgen Visser, Jesse Kriel, Clayton Blommetjies
Utility backs: Ryan Nell, Ulrich Beyers
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