Bulls without their Springbok flyhalf
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: A 28-man Bulls squad will be preparing for their crucial United Rugby Championship against Ospreys in Swansea this week.
Although a playoff spot has already been secured, the Tshwane-based side travels to Wales where they will want to put themselves in a good position for a potential home quarter-final spot, depending on permutations of other exciting fixtures this weekend, should they secure a victory in their final round-robin match on Friday.
Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, has selected a strong group for the one-week tour which includes one of the side’s newest recruits, Ruan Vermaak, who joined the side late last week from the Japanese team, NTT Red Hurricanes.
However, one name missing from the line-up is Springbok flyhalf, Morne Steyn.
The veteran started for the Bulls at flyhalf during their 29-17 win over Glasgow Warriors last month.
“We have an important tour where we will face a dangerous Ospreys team in their own backyard,” White said.
“We are at a crucial stage of the competition – the business end of the round-robin stages and on the verge of the playoffs, with plenty to play for in terms of securing home quarter-final spots.
“Be that as it may, the focus is on playing well as a group this week and to start building good momentum going into the playoffs.”
The match will be played at the Swansea.com (Liberty) Stadium on Friday.
Bulls 28-man squad:
Forwards: Arno Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Cyle Brink, Dylan Smith, Elrigh Louw, Gerhard Steenekamp, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Janko Swanepoel, Johan Grobbelaar, Marcell Coetzee (Captain), Mornay Smith, Robert Hunt, Ruan Nortje, Ruan Vermaak, Simphiwe Matanzima, Walt Steenkamp.
Backs: Canan Moodie, Chris Smith, Cornal Hendricks, David Kriel, Embrose Papier, Harold Vorster, Juan Mostert, Keagan Johannes, Madosh Tambwe, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Stedman Gans, Zak Burger