Bulls sign 'one of the most exciting players in the country'
TRANSFER NEWS: The Bulls have bolstered their loose forward stocks ahead of the 2022/23 season.
On Thursday, the Bulls revealed that they have signed Phumzile Maqondwana.
The 25-year-old makes the move to Loftus Versfeld after being a core member of the recently crowned Currie Cup champions Pumas, where he has made meaningful contributions since 2019.
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Welcome to Loftus Phumzile Maqondwana 💪 A direct and abrasive Flanker, Maqondwana won the Airlink Pumas Currie Cup Player of 2021 💥 We think you’ll fit right in 🔥#TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/6inUqYL5oV
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) July 7, 2022
The former Selborne College pupil has signed for the Bulls for the next two years, where he is expected to have an influence in the United Rugby Championship, the Champions Cup and the Currie Cup for the men in blue.
Maqondwana first made his mark when he appeared for the University of Free State’s Shimlas in the 2017 Varsity Cup and was eventually named in the “Dream Team” of that year’s competition.
In 2018 he was signed by the Lions before heading to Mbombela to feature for the Pumas in 2019.
Not only was he a standout performer for the Mpumalanga side, but his leadership qualities also stood out as he captained the side on a number of occasions.
“We are very happy to have signed Phumzile Maqondwana for the next two years at the Bulls,” confirmed Bulls director of rugby, Jake White.
“He is definitely one of the most exciting players in the country at the moment. We have no doubt that he will add to the depth of our squad and make a great contribution, both as a player and a leader in the upcoming season and beyond.”
Maqondwana joins Sibusiso Nkosi, Ruan Vermaak and Dylan Smith among the Bulls’ most recent recruits.