Bulls boss leaves the kraal
NEWS: The Bulls have confirmed that Alan Zondagh has stepped down as the union’s Director of Rugby.
Zondagh left his post at the end of January due to personal reasons and to enjoy more quality time with the family.
The Director of Rugby role will not be immediately filled. The responsibilities of the role will be shared between head coach Pote Human and CEO Alfons Meyer.
Zondagh was appointed at the Blue Bulls Company (BBCo) in January 2019, with the core vision of restructuring the High-Performance department at the BBCo.
#BullsFamily bid farewell to Zondagh.
The #BullsFamily have bid farewell to Alan Zondagh, director of Rugby at the end of January. He has stepped down due to personal reasons and to enjoy more quality time with the family.
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) February 3, 2020
“My time in rugby wasn’t about a career or job,” Zondagh stated. “it was truly a way of life for me. Once the Bulls family gets into your blood, you can never leave it behind, so as much as I look forward to enjoying a bit of relaxation, I’m also keen to get stuck into a few projects assisting the team.”
Meyer heaped praise for Zondagh’s achievements at Loftus.
“Alan is a true gentleman of the game, and we were privileged to have a man of his abilities to be part of our system. He has played a massive role in the stabilization of the organization and for that we are eternally grateful. We wish him all the best with the part that lies ahead.”
Starting in the early 80s as director of coaching for the Western Province Rugby Union, Zondagh moved on to head coach of Eastern Province and then returned to the WP as head coach in the 90s.
He later travelled abroad coaching the London Scottish, before assuming the role of Director of Rugby at Saracens between 1999 and 2000. He thereafter became the performance director at the Rugby Performance Center between 2005 and 2017. Zondagh then pursued his own consultancy for the next few years before accepting his role at Loftus.