Exciting Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV team to tour Namibia

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 23: Kurt-Lee Arendse of the Vodacom Bulls during the United Rugby Championship match between Vodacom Bulls and Benetton Rugby at Loftus Versfeld on April 23, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

Loose-forward Muller Uys will lead an exciting touring 28-man Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV squad that will travel to Namibia where they will take on a Welwitschias XV at the Hage Geingnob National Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.

The showdown between the two sides will be for honours in the Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge – a private initiative by the Officeconomix Group.

The Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV squad includes an exciting blend of experienced players and youthful talent to be blooded alongside the likes of Vodacom United Rugby Championship players Uys, Joe van Zyl, Jacques van Rooyen, Richard Kriel and Juan Mostert.

The match will be an opportunity for junior players Marco de Witt, Tielman Nieuwoudt, Neels Volschenk, Abulele Ndabambi, Eric Basson and Tiaan Fourie, among others, to gain some experience from their more established seniors.

Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV coach, Hayden Groepes, expressed the side’s enthusiasm for the short tour to the neighbouring country.

“We are privileged to be part of this tour where our players will get an opportunity to test themselves against some of the best players in Namibia,” said Groepes.

“We know that we have a tough task that lies ahead for us. We have worked extremely hard in the build-up to the trip to Windhoek preparing for a tough challenge at Hage Geingnob National Stadium on Saturday.

“This also doubles up as an opportunity for some of our young talent to be able to share the field with a few of the more experienced workhorses we have in our squad. We are looking forward to taking part in the Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge and the great hospitality we know the Namibian rugby-loving public is known for.”

The match between the two sides will be the drawcard of a jam-packed Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge which will include at least 10 rugby matches, beginning with a “Get into Rugby” programme from the Namibian Rugby Union to introduce Grade 1 and 2 children to the game of rugby.

Officeconomix CEO, Paul Oosthuizen, who initiated the event, expressed delight at the support and interest from corporates and the public ahead of the event.

“We, as Namibians, should feel very proud of ourselves. We encourage everybody in and around Windhoek to come and experience much more than rugby at the national stadium on Sunday,” said Oosthuizen.

The Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV touring 28-man squad is:

Joe van Zyl, Francois Kloppers, Raynard Roets, Marco de Witt, Stephan Smit, Jaco Labushcagne, Muller Uys (CAPT), Sidney Tobias, Schalk Erasmus, Cebo Dlamini, Tielman Nieuwoudt, Jacques van Rooyen, Mhleli Dlamini, Neels Volschenk, Abulele Ndabambi, Eric Basson, Bernard van der Linde, Juan Mostert, Quewin Nortje, FC du Plessis, Tharquin Manuel, Larry Nkonki, Richard Kriel, Corne Beets, Tiaan Fourie, Niel Beukes, Sonwabo Sokoyi, Manushe Dukuswa.