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Bulls reveal 2016 Super Rugby training squad

Pretoria based Super Rugby franchise the Bulls have released a pre Super Rugby
season training squad which includes a number of new players picked up from
the Southern Kings.

The Bulls Super Rugby squad features some new faces amongst the regular squad

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New Bulls player Lizo Gqoboka has settled in well amongst his team mates and
are working hard with the rest of the Super Rugby squad assembled in Pretoria.

Winger Luther Obi willjoin the squad on Wednesday as the Bulls step up preparations
at Loftus fornext year extended Super competition, where the Bulls are working
hard to achieve success in 2016.

A number of injured players will join the fray as they complete rehabilitation,
while those playing club rugby in Japan will return during the course of January

The five returning from Japan are Grant Hattingh, Handre Pollard, JJ
Engelbrecht, Bjorn Basson and Jesse Kriel.

The injured players (with date of return in brackets) are Deon Stegmann, Jannes
Kirsten, Nick de Jager and Travis Ismaiel (all December), Irne Herbst, Morne
Mellett, Jaco Visagie, Roelof Smit, RuanSteenkamp, Hanro Liebenberg, Piet van
Zyl, Dries Swanepoel and Warrick Gelant (January) and Callie Visagie (February).

The squad, under new coach Nollis Marais, will have a youthful, but familiar
look, as most of the players came through the junior ranks in Pretoria.

Bulls High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, on Monday
said there is great excitement to haveGqoboka and Obi in the squad. “They
are highly rated all around and we have been trying to get them to Pretoria
for a while now. We are pretty pleased with the fact that they have joined the
Bulls family and are keen to see their contributions to the squad.”

According to Janse van Rensburg, talks with three other Kings players, Sylvian
Mahuza, Thembelani Bholi and Tim Agaba, are on-going and they could still join
the team in the near future.

Negotiations with Francois Hougaard is also going well and if successful, could
still see the scrumhalf in blue when he is not playing sevens for the Blitzboks.
Francois Brummer is also on loan from theSteval Pumas and the former stalwart
could add to his lone Bulls cap gained in 2010.

“Our squad have a youthful look, but the nice thing about that is the
fact that we are relying on our junior structures to deliver the goods. We have
a new management group, a new generation of players and a new way we want to
approach things. That said, we still need to stick to some of those things that
made the Bulls great in the past. “

“This is a long-term team we are building. We understand that we need
to have strong first phase possession to play the way we want to and that our
skills will have to improve. Everybody is working very hard to achieve that,
“Janse van Rensburg said.

The Bulls Super Rugby squad is


Props: Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Lizo Gqoboka, Dean
Greyling, Nqoba Mxoli, Morne Mellett; Marcel van der Merwe, Werner Kruger,
Dayan van der Westhuizen, Entienne Swanepoel.

Hookers: Adriaan Strauss, Bandise Maku, Corniel Els, Jaco
Visagie, Callie Visagie.

Locks: RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten; Marvin Orie,
Nicholaas Janse van Rensburg, Le Roux Roets, Irne Herbst, Grant Hattingh.

Loose forwards: Lappies Labuschagne, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp,
Deon Stegmann, Freddy Ngoza, Nick de Jager, Arno Botha, Clyde Davids, Hanro


Scrumhalves: Rudy Paige, Ivan van Zyl, Piet van Zyl.

Flyhalves: Tian Schoeman, Francois Brummer, Joshua Stander,
Handre Pollard.

Midfielders: Burger Odendaal, Jan Serfontein, Daniel Kriel,
JT Jackson, Dries Swanepoel, JJ Engelbrecht, Jesse Kriel.

Wings: Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stigling, Kafense Mahlo, Travis
Ismaiel, Luther Obi, Bjorn Basson.

Fullbacks: Duncan Matthews, Divan Rossouw, Warrick Gelant.

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