Super Rugby

Bulls name 40-man Super Rugby squad

Cape Town - Bulls head coach Pote Human has selected his 40-man squad that will do duty in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

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The squad is the perfect blend of experience and youth with Human opting for 22 forwards and 18 backs with less than two weeks to go until their opening clash against the Sharks in Durban.

Burger Odendaal will captain the team while marshalling the inside channel and will have international experience to call on from Loftus favourite Morne Steyn returning to Pretoria after several seasons in France.

The Bulls will also call on the services of Tongan international, Nafi Tuitavake, as the 18 Test centre returns to Super Rugby after plying his trade in England.

Several younger players will be looking to take their opportunity for the Bulls at senior level including Chris Smith and Richard Kriel.

New faces amongst the forwards include former Bulls and Springbok lock Juandre Kruger, Scottish capped Josh Strauss and Namibian hooker Louis van der Westhuizen.

Bulls 2020 squad

Forwards: Simphiwe Matanzima, Gerhard Steenekamp, Lizo Gqoboka, Corniel Els, Jaco Visagie, Muller Uys, Johan Grobbelaar, Louis van der Westhuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Wiehahn Herbst, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, Ryno Pieterse, Ian Groenewald, Juandré Kruger, Ruan Nortje, Tim Agaba, Marco van Staden, Jeandré Rudolph, Ruan Steenkamp, Abongile Nonkontwana, Wian Vosloo, Josh Strauss.

Backs: Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Morne Steyn, Chris Smith, Manie Libbok, Rosko Specman, Divan Rossouw, Burger Odendaal (captain), Dylan Sage, Franco Naude, Cornal Hendricks, Nafi Tuitavake, Marnus Potgieter, Johnny Kotze, Jade Stighling, Warrick Gelant, Richard Kriel.

Bulls management team

Head coach: Pote Human

Backs: Chris Rossouw

Defence: Pine Pienaar

Scrums: Daan Human

Technical analyst: John William Meyer

Team manager: Elias Bennett

Team doctor: Dr Herman Rossouw

Physiotherapists: Lance Lemmetjies, Pieter du Plessis

Strength and Conditioning: Jacus Coetzee

Team psychologist: Dr Jannie Botha

Team logistics: Simon Dyidi

- Blue Bulls 

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