Jake White names strong Bulls touring squad for European tour

Jake White names strong Bulls touring squad for European tour

Jake White has announced a strong 28-men touring squad that will travel to Europe for back-to-back fixtures in the United Rugby Championship and the Champions Cup.

The Bulls will first take on Ulster in Round 16 of the URC at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Kick-off for that clash is set for 21h35pm South African time.

The following week, the South African outfit will travel to France to take on Toulouse in the round of 15 of the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup. The knock-out clash at Le Stadium in Toulouse is set to kick off at 16h00pm SA time.

"We are playing in multiple competitions and so it becomes important for us to balance our sides. Both the team travelling and the one remaining to focus on the Currie Cup campaign - we believe - has the best possible chance at getting the results we want," White said.

"We have also left behind some experienced players like Lizo Gqoboka, Jacques du Plessis, Mihlali Mosi and Sbu Nkosi, who need more game time but also have the wisdom to flank the youngsters when they travel to Bloemfontein. This is important because we want to do well in that competition as much as it is our ambition to do well in Europe."

Vodacom Bulls Touring Squad

Forwards: Bismarck Du Plessis, Cyle Brink, Dylan Smith, Elrigh Louw, Francois Klopper, Gerard Steenekamp, Janko Swanepoel, Johann Grobbelaar, Marco van Staden, Merwe Olivier, Mornay Smith, Ruan Nortje (c), Ruan Vermaak, Simphiwe Matanzima, Tiaan Lange, WJ Steenkamp

Backs: Canan Moodie, Chris Smith, Cornal Hendricks, David Kriel, Embrose Papier, Harold Vorster, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Morne Steyn, Niel Le Roux, Sibongile Novuka, Stedman Gans, Zak Burger