United Rugby Championship

Former Bulls star Manana returns to Loftus as Special Projects Manager

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Thando Manana. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)
Thando Manana. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)
  • Former Bulls loose-forward Thando Manana has joined the Pretoria franchise as their Special Projects Manager.
  • Manana recently resigned from his role as Eastern Province general manager.
  • The 44-year-old says the franchise has always had a special place in his heart.

Former Bulls star Thando Manana returns to Loftus Versfeld as the former loose-forward was announced on Thursday as the Bulls' Special Projects Manager.

Manana recently resigned from his role as Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) general manager after a four-year helm.

The 44-year-old also serves as chairperson of the South African Rugby Employers' Organisation (SAREO).

In a Bulls press statement, Manana says that the union has a special place in his heart and is looking forward to contributing to the United Rugby Championship side.

"It is a privilege to return to serve at the Blue Bulls Company, where I cut my teeth and reached great heights in my playing days," he said.

"This union and region have always had a special place in my heart. To be able to return to make a further contribution as Special Projects Manager is something I look forward to.

"The company, the union, and all its teams have enjoyed great success over the years and established themselves as one of the best in the country. I can only hope that what I will bring with further add to the accomplishments of this great establishment."

BBCo chief executive officer Edgar Rathbon welcomed Manana to the Bulls.

"We know Thando's track record and passion for all things rugby. We have no doubt that he will add great value to the company and rugby in the region," he said.

"He will be structuring a way to align the Blue Bulls Company with SA Rugby and World Rugby's strategic objectives to professionalise women's rugby and to establish us as the trendsetters in South African professional women's rugby. 

"Blue Bulls women's rugby seeks to consolidate its position in the upcoming inter-provincial league and become the best women's provincial side in SA rugby and be able to compete on the international stage when the opportunity arises."

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