Van Zyl-familie: ‘Boer elke dag so goed jy kan’

Met ’n balanseertoertjie tussen die regte kultivars, puik vogbewaringspraktyke en ’n konserwatiewe hand met kunsmis het die bekende Van Zyl-veeboerfamilie hom ook in 2018 die eer as finalis in Graan SA se kompetisie vir die Graanprodusent van die Jaar losgeboer. Al is die Van Zyls van Prairie, Ladybrand, bekend in veekringe, gee hulle die toon aan in hul omgewing met vogbewaringspraktyke en die regstelling van grondsamestellings. Theo jr. boer onder meer met Sussex- en Boranbeeste en sy broer Cobus met mielies, sonneblomme en sojabone. Theo sr. is ook by die veevertakking betrokke.


#BullsFamily bids farewell to flank Josh Strauss

The Blue Bulls Company would like to confirm that it has reached a mutual settlement with flank Josh Strauss regarding his departure from Loftus.

The Scottish international joined the Vodacom Bulls in 2019 and featured strongly in the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition before it was halted due to Covid-19.

Contrary to media reports, there has been an open line of communication between BBCo Director of Rugby Jake White, and Strauss’ management agency over the last few months.

Strauss was open and honest in informing the Vodacom Bulls that he would be looking at other offers from overseas clubs, due to the financial strain after salary cuts across the board in South African Rugby.

He also strongly emphasised that the travel and distance between him and his family in Cape Town were starting to take its toll and that he was looking forward to spending more quality time with them.

White thanked Strauss for his commitment and wished him well, “Josh is a great guy and I truly respect his decision to put his family first. It’s a tough situation to be in, working and living far away from your kids and not seeing them as often as you like. We fully understand his situation and would like to sincerely thank him for his commitment and efforts while at the Bulls, and wish him everything of the best with his path ahead.”


#BullsFamily lock in Manjezi 

The Blue Bulls Company can confirm that 25-year-old lock forward Sintu Manjezi will join the Vodacom Bulls from the Toyota Cheetahs from 1 July.

Manjezi has stamped his authority in the Guinness PRO14 in recent seasons as a tough as nails and uncompromising lock in the Toyota Cheetahs’ pack. His core strength in the scrum coupled with his prowess at lineout time and ability to poach the ball off the ground makes him a valuable asset to the Vodacom Bulls. He is also versatile as he can pack down on the side of the scrum when called upon.

The 1.98m and 114kg former St. Andrews Grahamstown scholar started his career in the colours of the Eastern Province Kings and made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Southern Kings in 2015.

He also cut his teeth in the FNB Varsity Cup, South Africa’s premier university competition, in the colours of FNB NMMU before shifting to the Tafel Lager Griquas.

The gifted lock forward made the move to Bloemfontein at the end 2018 where he represented the Toyota Cheetahs in the PRO14, routinely showing up his European opponents, and assisted the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in lifting the Currie Cup during last season’s successful campaign.

The #BullsFamily can expect big things with the signing of Manjezi as Director of Rugby, Jake White, continues to add firepower amongst the tight five. “Sintu is a talented player for the future and is a powerhouse that packs all the skills that make a good lock. He can slot in at lock or as a loosie, and I firmly believe that he has what it takes to play at the highest level..”


Só bestuur die twee vroue hul suksesvolle stoetery

Hulle is nie bang om te leer nie en het ’n suksesvolle stoetery omdat hulle op die belangrike eienskappe van hul skaapras klem lê. Met goeie bestuur, baie geesdrif en ervaring wat oor twee dekades opgebou is, het twee vroueboere van Clocolan, Maria Smit en Elzette van Rooyen van die Elzé-boerdery, só baie sukses met hul Ile de France-stoetery behaal dat een van hul ramme op die tweede skou waaraan hulle deelgeneem het, as die opperste kampioen aangewys is. Hierdie stoetery is in 2018 aangewys as die kleinveewenner in Vleissentraal en SA Stamboek se Elite-kuddes van die Jaar-kompetisie.


Du Plessis joins #BullsFamily as Head of Junior Rugby

The Blue Bulls Company is excited to announce that former Grey College 1st XV coach, Wessel du Plessis, will join the #BullsFamily as Head of Junior Rugby with Director of Rugby, Jake White, continuing his mandate of revitalising all of the franchise’s structures.

The 35-year-old Du Plessis represented the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U20s and 7s teams before injuries curtailed his playing career and started his coaching career in 2004 with the Free State U17 team before shifting into the building industry for several years.

In 2010, Du Plessis joined Grey College as a teacher and in 2014, he was appointed the 1st XV coach. Under his tutelage, Grey College continued to dominate the South African school rugby scene, consistently beating the likes of Affies and Paarl Boys, while providing a conveyor belt of quality rugby players that have gone on to achieve at the highest levels.

His ability was recognised by SA Rugby when he was appointed head coach of the SA Schools A team earlier in 2020 before the rugby season was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Du Plessis expressed his desire to make an immediate impact with the Vodacom Bulls junior players and thanked the #BullsFamily for showing faith in his ability as a coach.

“I’m passionate about helping young rugby players realise their potential and being able to do that within a professional environment such as the Vodacom Bulls is just the cherry on top. The junior structures at Loftus Versfeld are impressive while the players are of exceptional quality as evident by Loftus being the current home to the SA Rugby U21 and U19 Championship trophies. I’m looking forward to working with the next generation of Vodacom Bulls players and a heartfelt thank you must be given to the BBCo for this opportunity,” said Du Plessis.

White added that although the Vodacom Bulls are the flagship team at Loftus that an emphasis must be placed on grooming the next Vodacom Super Rugby stars.

“Creating a winning culture starts at the bottom and it is important to invest in the future of Vodacom Bulls rugby. When I joined the #BullsFamily, I stated my intention of improving the schools and club rugby structures and appointing a coach of Du Plessis’ calibre is a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with Du Plessis as the Vodacom Bulls look to the future,” said White.


Derick le Roux: ‘Boerdery is ’n leefwyse’

Mnr. Derick le Roux, die Suider-Afrikaanse Stoetteler van die Jaar vir 2019, is die jongste teler nóg wat hierdie titel ingepalm het. Hy het dié eerbewys op die LRF-veeskool ontvang. Derick boer saam met sy pa, Carl, ma, Marita, en broer, Wesbie, met die Xourel-Limousinstoetery, ’n kommersiële vleisbeeskudde, ’n voerkraal en gesaaides op Twee Buffels naby Lichtenburg in Noordwes. Die Limousinstoetery is in 2008 geregistreer en die boerdery is vanjaar 50 jaar oud. Xourel Rainmaker is voorheen as Suider-Afrika se beste skoubul aangewys.


#BullsFamily: Carr has joined the group

The Blue Bulls Company can confirm that the athletic loose forward Nizaam Carr will join the #BullsFamily and will link up with the team as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions are relaxed.

The 29-year-old former Bishops Diocesan College scholar is no stranger to the South African rugby landscape as he stamped his authority in Vodacom Super Rugby while playing in the colours of the DHL Stormers where he represented the franchise at almost every level.

Carr has established himself as an uncompromising and hard as nails no.8 but can pack down on either side of the scrum with his versatility coupled with his insatiable ability on the field making the Springbok an asset in any squad.

Carr has certainly been rewarded in silverware for his deeds on the field as he helped DHL Western Province to two Currie Cup titles in 2014 and 2017 after winning the FNB Varsity Cup title with the University of Cape Town in 2011.

In 2018, he joined the Wasps in the English Premiership where he quickly became a fan favourite and flourished on the heavier fields while adding different elements to his overall skillset. He returns to South Africa having unfinished business with the Springboks as he would ultimately want to add to his five appearances in the Green and Gold.

Director of Rugby, Jake White, expressed his delight in Carr’s signing and is looking forward to working with the talented loose forward.

“Nizaam needs little introduction and I’m happy that he has decided to continue his career with the Vodacom Bulls. His ability to perform under pressure will only benefit the franchise while his experience will be used to mentor the younger loose forwards in the squad as well. He has done well in England and it is great to have his talent back on South African soil again,” said White.


Hendricks continues hunt at Loftus

The Blue Bulls Company is proud to announce that crowd favorite Cornal Hendricks has re-signed with the Vodacom Bulls, committing his immediate future to the #BullsFamily. The 32-year-old Springbok wing won over rugby lovers around the country with his intense energy on the field and his strong finishing skills.

Jake White, director of rugby at the Blue Bulls Company on retaining the services of the wing, “Cornal offers the full package and is the epitome of what a world-class wing should be. He has an amazing work rate and is one of the best finishers in the country. His approach and attitude to the game, his team, and life, in general, is an example for anybody. We are proud to have him pledge the next part of his rugby journey with us.”

Kobus Dannhauser: ‘Wees die beste op jou terrein’

Mnr. Kobus Dannhauser, voormalige Graanprodusent van die Jaar van die plaas Goedgedacht naby Parys in die Vrystaat, het mielieboerdery vir vleisbeesboerdery verruil. Hy boer saam met sy seun, Johan, en hulle bedryf ’n voerkraal en Droughtmaster- en Beefmaster-stoeterye. Hulle pas presisieboerdery met die beeste toe. Kobus boer al byna 40 jaar lank op Goedgedacht, wat al meer as 140 jaar in die Dannhauser-familie se besit is. Hy is die sesde geslag van die familie op die plaas en Johan is die sewende geslag.

Vodacom Bulls establish Relief Fund

The Blue Bulls Company and Blue Bulls Rugby Union are proud to announce the establishment of the Vodacom Bulls Relief Fund, which is aimed at assisting employees and those that serve in club and community rugby in our region.

This essential and ground-breaking initiative in the rugby industry has been kick-started by the generosity of our amazing shareholders, Remgro and Mr. Patrice Motsepe, together with our main sponsor Vodacom. Collectively they have contributed R1,5 million to get the project off the ground.

Willem Strauss, President of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, outlined the importance of the fund, while also hailing the shareholders and sponsor as heroes, “There are hundreds of dedicated people that pour their hearts and souls into keeping rugby alive and well in our communities. For many of them, this is their only source of income, and at a time like this, with no rugby action, this fund is literally the difference between a meal or not.

“I’d like to humbly and sincerely express our gratitude to our shareholders Remgro, Mr. Motsepe, and our title sponsor Vodacom. Their contribution re-emphasizes their commitment to all Blue Bulls stakeholders and not just the Professional game. This combined effort highlights the amazing synergy and relationship between the three shareholders and Vodacom. We are honored to have partners that understand the needs of the people and the community.”

Pieter Uys, Chairman of the Blue Bulls Company, reiterated the importance of the fund, “It is important in these difficult times to make a difference and to support our Blue Bulls people and clubs as they are the heart of our wonderful brand. Sustaining the support structures at clubs and community levels during this time is essential for the future of the game in the region. It not only assists the individuals involved but also ensures a smooth restart when we get to that stage. I’d like to once again thank the shareholders for their generosity, and especially Vodacom for showing that they are more than a sponsor to the #BullsFamily.”

Michelle van Eyden, Executive Head of Sponsorship at Vodacom added, “Since 2004 we have been a proud member of the Vodacom Bulls family and have been privileged to work with the passionate rugby people in this community, through the highs and the lows. This is a tough time for so many of these amazing people, but they still give everything for the game they love. As a member of the #BullsFamily, we are humbled to be able to support the Vodacom Bulls Relief Fund, and give back to them.”