'I will lead by example': Bulls reveal their new captain
NEWS: The Bulls have revealed their new captain as the European season resumes after the international window.
Star lock Ruan Nortjé will take over the captaincy from Marcell Coetzee, who is away in Japan.
Coetzee has joined Kobe Steelers for the upcoming Japan League One season but will rejoin the Bulls next year once his commitments with the Steelers are over.
Nortjé will be supported by a strong leadership group.
Utility back Johan Goosen and centre Harold Vorster will be the vice-captains.
The wider leadership group will consist of Johan Grobbelaar, Cornal Hendricks, Elrigh Louw, Chris Smith and Nizaam Carr.
“It’s an unbelievable privilege. It’s been an unbelievable year for me and I am very grateful for all the opportunities,” said Nortjé, who was part of the South Africa ‘A’ squad on the end-of-year tour.
“I am very excited for the new challenge and the new journey.”
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Congratulations to Ruan Nortje on being named captain of the Vodacom Bulls 🐃
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— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) November 24, 2022
Nortjéknows what type of leader he is going to be on the field.
“I definitely see myself as someone who leads by example,” said the 25-year-old.
“I won’t say I am quiet, but I am not someone who talks a lot.
“I think we have enough leaders in the group that can fill those roles.
“It’s exciting to know that I have good leaders around me that can help. Everyone will have their own role.”
Nortjé revealed the advice he got from Coetzee before the latter headed to Japan.
“Marcell and I are really good mates. We have been roommates since last year when he arrived.
“We get along really well. On the field, we always speak to each other and always ask for advice.
“I would say there are a lot of things I learnt from him. But the one message that stands out that he gave me is just to be myself and not try too hard.
“I just got to be myself and lead by example. That’s one thing I have taken to heart from him.”
With Coetzee returning next year, Nortjé was asked if he would hold onto the captaincy.
“For the foreseeable future I am the captain,” said Nortjé.
“A decision will be made when Marcell returns”