Bulls discard joins Lions fold
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Former Bulls centre Dewey Swartbooi has been appointed head coach of the University of Johannesburg Varsity Cup team.
Swartbooi takes over from Werner Janse van Rensburg, who enjoyed considerable success in his time as the Varsity Cup mentor from 2013.
The former Blue Bulls under 19 coach made headlines last year when he – along with four other employees – opted to take legal action against the Bulls following the retrenchment process.
Swartbooi and his former colleagues claimed that the Blue Bulls Company (BBC) was guilty of stymying – a claim dismissed by the company.
However, the 36-year-old is now ready to build a strong legacy at UJ and said he wanted to maintain the varsity’s strong rugby culture.
“There is definitely a big challenge ahead of us all, but I just want the team to continue to play good rugby,” he said.
“As I mentioned to one of the guys, Skollie [Werner Janse van Rensburg] has done a great job in the last few years and you have to give him credit.
“I want to build on the legacy he has left and I also want to create my own legacy and work hard to take the team forward,”
“This is a new chapter in my life and I am definitely looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“It will be a building process and it will be a learning curve, both for me and the players. But we will definitely be focused on seeing how much we can achieve in the Varsity Cup.”
The squad resumed their training early this month and their first match is against last year’s losing finalists, NWU-Pukke, in Johannesburg on February 4.
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