Duane Vermeulen joins #BullsFamily

The Blue Bulls Company are excited to confirm the signing of Springbok eight-man Duane Vermeulen.


The big ball carrying loosie, who is currently plying his trade in Japan, will arrive in Pretoria in February 2019, and will spend the duration of the season with the Vodacom Bulls.


Big Duane has donned the Green and Gold of the Springboks on 42 occasions, and boasts an illustrious career with a number of top class teams including: Pumas, Toyota Cheetahs, DHL Stormers, Toulon and the Kubota Spears.


BBCO high performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, expressed his excitement on the acquisition: “Duane is an amazing rugby player, and is well respected around the world. We firmly believe that his abrasive style of play and experience will add immense value to our Vodacom Super Rugby campaign next year. At the age of 32, he is a seasoned veteran, that just gets better with every season.”


Vermeulen is also a strong crowd favorite among all South Africans, and he will no doubt be welcomed with open arms by the Loftus faithful.


“2019 is going to be a massive year for us,” said Vermeulen, “and I’m keen on starting it with an impact at Loftus. The Bulls have always been a team that I have respected and I’m looking forward to joining the family. “


BBRU interim President and Chairman of the Board, Willem Strauss, was today re-elected unopposed into his post and will serve a four year term.

Strauss was appointed into the role on an interim basis earlier this year in March, and held the reins with pride. He was responsible for spearheading some great initiatives on both professional and amateur levels.

Strauss commented: “It’s no secret that I have dedicated my life to the beautiful game of rugby. I am honored and privileged to be granted to opportunity to lead the #BullsFamily once again. We have been blessed with some of the most amazing people that have supported our efforts on both the professional and amateur sides.”

He further elaborated on the road ahead: “We are on the doorstep of an exciting new era for both the Vodacom Bulls and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, with some big appointments to be announced soon. Stability and consistency is of the utmost importance at this stage, and fans can be assured that I will do my best to ensure this.”

Strauss gives full credit to a strong support structure around him, including the management team and personnel. He fully believes that with his team, he will make rugby in Pretoria a force to reckon with.