Bulls circle the wagons around rising star Cameron Hanekom

Bulls circle the wagons around rising star Cameron Hanekom

Rising star Cameron Hanekom is set for a long career at the Bulls, says coach Jake White.

His Wikipedia page might just be five lines long, but make no mistake: Cameron Hanekom is coming...

The No.8 turned heads with an impressive display against Scarlets in the Bulls' opening United Rugby Champion clash, scoring two tries and showing an array of skills.

Since, the 21-year-old has started in all but one of the Bulls matches, racking up impressive numbers. In the URC, Hanekom has beaten 14 defenders and slipped 12 offloads in his 52 carries, while he has also effected seven turnovers at the breakdown.

Last month, it was revealed that Hanekom qualifies for Wales through his grandmother, but White was quick to play down any links at the time. Now, with Hanekom proving each week that he's the real deal, the World Cup-winning coach revealed that he is entrenched at the Bulls for the immediate future.

"He's signed till 2027," the Bulls boss told the press.

"There's no way I'd release him from his contract. I'm planning like I'll have him around for the next four seasons minimum, which coincides with the remainder of my tenure.

"It's our job to ensure he's looked after and enjoys his rugby here and doesn't have aspirations to play for anyone else. It's one of those things.

"I talk confidently that I don't see him wanting to go and we certainly don't want him to go. One season doesn't make him, though, and I think he appreciates that."

Hanekom - schooled at Paarl Boys High - is the latest young prospect at eighthman in South African rugby, joining the likes of Evan Roos (23), Phepsi Buthelezi and Francke Horn (both 24).

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