Vodacom Bulls captain, Burger Odendaal and leading locks, RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins are amongst some of the leading talents who extended contracts with the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd, it was announced on Wednesday.
Odendaal committed to the Vodacom Bulls cause until 2020 and Snyman as well as Jenkins until 2019.
The trio are amongst some of South Africa’s finest rugby stars and part of a surge of younger talent signing on to stay with the #BullsFamily, it was confirmed by the High-Performance Manager at the BBCo, Xander Janse van Rensburg.
Former Junior Springboks Hendre Stassen (till 2021), Ruan Steenkamp (2019), Tinus de Beer (2019), Abongile Nonkontwana (2019) and Duncan Matthews (2020) all confirmed their loyalty to the BBCo. Vodacom Bulls fans will also be excited about the renewal of young flank forward Marco van Staden until 2019, as well. Van Staden has made a telling impact since making his Vodacom Super Rugby debut earlier this year. Paul ‘Tier’ Schoeman, the 25-year-old loose forward currently plying his trade in Bloemfontein for the Toyota Cheetahs, has also just signed a contract with BBCo that will run till 2019.
“It is an impressive list of players who opted to stay with us,” Janse van Rensburg acknowledged. “We are humbled by their decision, because it means that we are doing something right. All these individuals have ambitions to play at the highest level and rightly so, as they are outstanding players. It means a lot to our structures and confidence to know that they feel those ambitions can be realised while playing their rugby in Pretoria.”
Janse van Rensburg confirmed that negotiations with other players are continuing. “I am happy to say that we are well on track with extending the contracts of other players near the end of their term. We are also currently exploring options and looking at players outside of the franchise as well. The BBCo are always looking at investing in and the development of our human capital, and if we feel that players can contribute to that vision, we will be keen to make them part of the #BullsFamily,” he said.