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Mitch to run Bulls’ Currie Cup show


  • 20 Aug 2017
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Nollis Marais has been granted leave for the rest of the season, with John Mitchell taking over as head coach of the Blue Bulls Currie Cup team.

In other changes, Hayden Groepes (previously the U19 head coach) and Pote Human (Tuks head coach) have been added to the senior coaching team. The Bulls' Super Rugby backline coach, David Manuel, drops down to U21 head coach and Super Rugby forwards coach, Anton Leonard, to U21 forwards coach.

In a press release, Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said this was the next step in their turnaround strategy.

'We are working hard to ensure the sustainable and long-term success of the Bulls and Blue Bulls, as we continue striving towards achieving success and restoring trust and faith in our brand.'

Blue Bulls Currie Cup management team:

Head coach, attack, exits: John Mitchell
Skills and kicking: Hayden Groepes
Lineouts: Pote Human
Scrums: Gary Botha
Defence (all teams, junior and senior): Pine Pienaar
Strength and conditioning: Jacus Coetzee
Senior strength and conditioning assistant: Ghafoer Luckan

Blue Bulls U21 management team:

Head coach: David Manuel
Backline coach: Bevin Fortuin
Forward coach: Anton Leonard
Strength and conditioning: Shaun du Toit

Blue Bulls U19 management team:

Head coach and backline: Dewey Swartbooi
Forward coach: Denzil Frans
Strength and conditioning: Henri-Charl Terblanche
Junior strength and conditioning assistant: Yusuf Vahed

Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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