Frans Ludeke to coach Bulls

2007-11-22 17:38

Johannesburg - Frans Ludeke will coach the Bulls in the Super 14 next year.

It was on Thursday confirmed that the former Cats coach, who won only two matches and drew one out of 13 as Cats coach in the 2006 Super 14 competition, will succeed Heyneke Meyer as Bulls coach.

Ludeke was last year relieved of his Lions duties after the Super 14 season following an equally dismal season at the helm during the 2005 Super 12 campaign.

Meyer has applied for the position as Springbok coach and is one of the four candidates on the short list. The announcement as to whom will succeed Jake White as national coach is expected in the first week of December.

However, Meyer has decided that he has achieved all he can with the Bulls and will stand down regardless of whether he is appointed Springbok coach or not. Nothing official in this regard has, however, been issued by the Bulls.

Pote Human will stay on as the acting head coach until Ludeke takes over on January 1. The Bulls training squad is currently preparing for the new season at Loftus Versfeld but will move to George early in December as they did last year.

Accepted the position

Barend van Graan, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, was not available for comment on Thursday. He was in a meeting.

Dr Jannie Ferreira, the president of the Golden Lions Rugby Union where Ludeke is currently the Director of Coaching, declined to say anything more than "I cannot comment before the Bulls have issued a statement."

Ludeke, too, was not available for comment, but it is known that he advised Van Graan on Thursday morning that he has accepted the position which was offered to him the previous evening.

The details of his contract will probably be finalised before a formal statement is issued by the Bulls.

The Bulls started interviewing candidates in Midrand last week. Heyneke Meyer was not part of the selection panel as he felt he'd had close ties with too many of the applicants during his coaching career.

Applicants included former Bulls coach Rudy Joubert, former Falcons and Namibia assistant coach John Williams, Human, and former Stormers and Springbok assistant coach to Nick Mallett, Alan Solomons.