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Thu 25 Jun 2020 | 10:38

Could this be the new-look Matfield/Botha lock combination?

Could this be the new-look Matfield/Botha lock combination?
Thu 25 Jun 2020 | 10:38
Could this be the new-look Matfield/Botha lock combination?
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Since Jake White took over the Director of Rugby role at the Bulls, he has been on a signing spree and their potential new-look lock pairing could be the new Victor Matfield/Bakkies Botha combination the Franchise has been looking for.

With Springboks Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman taking up contracts in Europe with Sale Sharks and Munster, respectively, the Bulls have yet to field a lock pairing that can come close to being the threat that Matfield and Botha became.

However, White has now secured the services of 26-year-old Jan Uys and 25-year-old Sintu Manjezi. Under the guidance of White and with age clearly on their side, the duo has everything going for them to become one of the best lock combinations South Africa has seen.

Uys, who moved to France during the 2015/2016 season to take up a short-term contract with Pau, was spotted by Brive ahead of the 2016/2017 season and has been a vital cog in their engine ever since.

Manjezi’s career started at the Eastern Province Kings before moving to Griquas for the 2017/2018 season. His performances saw him being drafted into the Cheetahs’ squad for the Pro14 competition.

Source: Rugby Hits Media and Sintu Manjezi

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