Bulls director of rugby Jake White has penned an open letter to their fans, thanking them for their ongoing support and explaining the significance of '#BullsFamily24'.
It was a highly successful season for the Pretoria franchise, who scooped all the SA Rugby trophies up for grabs.
The Bulls won the the Currie Cup and Super Rugby Unlocked titles, as well as the Under-19 and Under-21 competitions.
White's letter reads as follows:
To start with, you would notice that I have addressed this letter to '#BullsFamily24'. We’ve been saying it for many years now, as a supporter of the Bulls you are part of OUR FAMILY... a family 2.4 million strong.
You would have also noticed the number '24' on all of our marketing, communication and around the stadium over the last few months. The explanation of '24' becomes a lot easier now, with our short-term goals being achieved. '24’ was a dream... a vision... a target... a goal. We used the number as an image and a symbol to work towards, one that inspired every single member of the team, management and staff.
The significance of 24 means different things to different people, but the main ones are aligned:
- We worked towards and achieved our 24th Currie Cup title.
- When broken up the '4' was the goal for the amount of Super Rugby titles.
- While the '2' was significant of the number of senior titles for the season (Currie Cup and Super Rugby).
- The '4' was also relevant to the number of overall titles at senior and junior levels (U19, U21, Currie Cup and Super Rugby).
- It was also a tribute to player number 24, that was the guy that just didn’t make it into the match 23... his attitude and how he approached the week was essential to the spirit in the team.
- Most of all... the Bulls have always played with an extra player (figuratively), let’s call it our player 24... and that was you, the fan that never stopped believing in us even through the toughest of times... all 2.4 million of you.
On behalf of everybody at Loftus, I want to sincerely and humbly express our gratitude for your unwavering support. Thank you for investing your time and energy into us... thank you for showing patience and belief, and most importantly thank you sharing in the ups and downs of this journey.
The 2020/21 season will go down in our history as the strangest season ever but will be noted as a successful one. That chapter is over, and we must now move forward onto the next one. We look forward to our new journey heading into PRO Rugby and sharing these moments with you.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff