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Jesse Kriel and his Bulls teammates in action in Super Rugby. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Blue Bulls

As one of Super Rugby’s foundation clubs in 1996, the Bulls endured a rough beginning, claiming three early wooden spoons, but have since gone on to become South African’s most successful side. The Bulls represent the city of Pretoria as well as the northernmost province, Limpopo.

It was another poor season in 2018 for the Bulls, with just six wins consigning them to last place in the South African conference and, with that, changes at the top.

While the Pretoria-based side have made all the right moves in terms of moving towards long-term success, analysts agree this season is probably too early to see significantly better results.


Coach: Pote Human
Captain: Lood de Jager
2018 finish: 3rd South African conference, 12th overall
Titles: 2007, 2009, 2010

Bulls 2019 Super Rugby squad
Lood de Jager (c), Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Madot Mabokela, Simphiwe Matanzima, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Schalk Brits, Johan Grobbelaar, Edgar Marutlulle, Jaco Visagie, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Tim Agaba, Thembelani Bholi, Nick de Jager, Carel du Preez, Jannes Kirsten, Paul Schoeman, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Muller Uys, Marco van Staden, Hanro Liebenberg, Jano Venter, Duane Vermeulen, Theo Maree, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok, Handre Pollard, Stedman Gans, JT Jackson, Johnny Kotze, Jesse Kriel, Franco Naude, Burger Odendaal, Dylan Sage, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel, Duncan Matthews, Rosko Specman, Jade Stighling, Warrick Gelant, Divan Rossouw

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