The Blue Bulls Company is excited to announce the signing of BlitzBok Rosko Specman until 2020 while Edgar Marutlulle, Johan Grobbelaar, Divan Rossouw and Franco Naude have recommitted themselves to the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls for a further two seasons.
The 29-year-old BlitzBok is a welcome addition to the squad as the wing boasts several seasons as a standout member of the BlitzBoks where he racked up 138 matches and scored 63 tries for the national sevens team.
The two time HSBC World Rugby Sevens series winner is equally experienced in the fifteen-man game where he represented the Cell C Sharks XV (Vodacom Cup); Cell C Sharks, iCollege Pumas, Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup) and the Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO 14 before making his move to Pretoria.
There is no doubt that Rossouw made a name for himself during this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby where the utility back enjoyed a stellar season for the Vodacom Bulls while Marutlulle’s experience will add a lot of value following Adriaan Strauss’ retirement from all forms of the game.
The BBCo is excited that the next generation of stars, such as Grobbelaar and Naude, are recommitting to the cause with both players having progressed through the ranks and have shown their value on and off the field. Their loyalty to the brand and the vision, despite the interest from all the other franchises, shows that they have bought into the cause and are excited about the future.
Xander Janse van Rensburg, BBCo High Performance Manager, believes that the latest signings bode well for the franchise as they look to prepare for a season where they want to be serious contenders.
“Specman is definitely a quality signing for us and we look forward to his contributions at Loftus Versfeld as we start our preparations for next season. His experience and x factor will be invaluable and we are excited to see him making his mark in blue. He however now has a vital role to still play for the BlitzBoks and we wish him well there and look forward to welcoming him in January 2019,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“We are also pleased that the players already in our system are opting to recommit, this shows their belief in remaining part of the #BullsFamily. Their contributions are pivotal in building a strong squad as we have to find the balance between experience and tomorrow’s stars. With our depth, experience and quality I do believe we have what it takes to be title contenders,” he explained.
Janse van Rensburg added that the BBCo are in advanced stages of negotiations with several high-profile players that will add calibre to the Vodacom Bulls and Blue Bulls, with the announcement of further signings to be made in due course.
- The Blue Bulls Company would like to confirm that they have granted Tinus de Beer an early release from his contract and thank him for his dedicated service while wishing him well at the Tafel Lager Griquas.