Captaincy boost for Bulls
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls coach Pote Human named his touring for their four-week tour of Australasia.
Human included the entire matchday team that beat the Highlanders last weekend with the exception of Nafi Tuitavake with Franco Naude being named instead.
The additional players included are Dayan van der Westhuizen, Louis van der Westhuizen, Marco Jansen van Vuren and Burger Odendaal.
Captain Odendaal has been on the sidelines after he sustained an ankle injury during the Bulls’ defeat to the Blues in Round four.
The Bulls will spend two weeks in Australia where they will face the Reds and Waratahs in Brisbane and Sydney respectively before making the short trip to New Zealand to square off against the Hurricanes and Chiefs.
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Human was optimistic about the tour after an emphatic 38-13 win against the Highlanders but warned against complacency.
“We needed that win to go on tour with our tails up. It has definitely boosted morale within our camp and the players are keen to build on that performance which is great because we are staring down the barrel of four matches against quality opposition with all four teams having won the competition before. We cannot afford to let our guard down, not even for a moment.”
Bulls squad: Trevor Nyakane, Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka, Muller Uys, Josh Strauss, Marco van Staden, Ruan Nortje, Ian Groenewald, Corniel Els, Gerhard Steenekamp, Wiehahn Herbst, Ryno Pieterse, Ruan Steenkamp, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Louis van der Westhuizen, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok, Rosko Specman, Johnny Kotze, Franco Naude, Cornal Hendricks, Warrick Gelant, Ivan van Zyl, Morné Steyn, Divan Rossouw, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Burger Odendaal.