Jake White names strong Bulls squad to face Sharks at Loftus

Jake White has named the 30-man Bulls matchday squad he will take into Super Saturday and the clash with the Sharks at Loftus.

Duane Vermeulen commands the team from the back of what is set to be a powerful pack of forwards.

The Springbok number eight is accompanied by more capped internationals in Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Marco van Staden, Arno Botha, Nizaam Carr and Juandre Kruger.

Much has been said and written about White’s impact on the Bulls but from Saturday we will start to get a picture of where the team is really at.

“The time for talking is over. We’ve prepared for this moment for weeks now and the boys just want to get out and play,” said White.

“Their commitment and dedication to the way we want to play is reassuring. Now it is time to go out there and to ensure all those long hours in the sun training and perfecting our craft is rewarded by a victory.”

The backs are also loaded with experience from the likes of Springboks Gio Aplon, Morne Steyn, Embrose Papier, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel and Ivan van Zyl, while also boasting two Blitzboks in Stedman Gans and Kurt-lee Arendse.

White offers high praise for young prop Wessels

Young Bulls prop Jan-Hendrik Wessels has caught the eye of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning coach who has backed him for future honours.

“It may be the first press conference, but he is an impressive youngster. He reminds me of Os du Randt, he will become a Springbok, mark my words,” White said in announcing his Bulls side.

Lizo Gqoboka has a calf and Achilles strain and will miss out on Super Saturday, while the Bulls acquisition from the Kings, Elrigh Louw, has a hamstring strain and has not recovered in time to meet the Sharks. Johan Grobbelaar, the promising hooker, is still recovering from both an appendix operation and COVID-19 and “is a few weeks behind” his Bulls teammates in terms of fitness.

Bulls Super Saturday squad

Clinton Swart, Travis Ismaiel, Stedman Gans, Jacques van Rooyen, Kurt-lee Arendse, Corniel Els, Morne Steyn, Ivan van Zyl, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Jade Stighling, Stravino Jacobs, Duane Vermeulen (captain), Arno Botha, Chris Smith, Marco van Staden, Ruan Nortje, David Kriel, Muller Uys, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Erasmus, Jan-Hendriek Wessels, Mornay Smith, Sintu Manjezi, Juandre Kruger, Nizaam Carr, Tim Agaba, Embrose Papier, Cornal Hendricks, Gio Aplon

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