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Saturday, 04 April 2015 20:43

Rugby: Bulls To Plunder 62 WP School Players?

The Western Cape might not be blessed with too much in the form of gold, platinum and other precious minerals, but if you are looking to boost your rugby team it seems that there is no place better to mine for players.

That is how it seems when you look at the way the Blue Bulls are going about their business these days as they set their eyes on the bounteous talent that hails from the Western Cape to prop up and replenish their dwindling stock.

Unions are under obligation to inform other unions when they are interested in another regions school players or when they go hunting outside their border, and so in a letter from Xander Janse van Rensburg, who is the Blue Bull’s High Performance Manager, to the Western Province Rugby Union, it states that the Blue Bulls have targeted no less than 62 WP school rugby players in an effort to lure them into the Blue Bulls stable.

The reality is that these players, who are in Grade 11 and 12, have learnt everything they know about rugby in the WP but may well never get to play professionally for their province.

Gert Smal, the WP Director of Rugby is clearly not amused by the plundering of his school players and as reported on IOL he mentioned that the Blue “Bulls clearly do not trust their own school system or players. This suggests that there is no development taking place with them. I would like to know how school children on their side feel about this.”

The Bulls have recently made it a habit to look for their future prospects in the WP with Paarl Gim’s and current Springboks Handre Pollard and Francois Hougaard, two of the big nuggets that were recently extracted from the Cape.

With the plethora of talent that oozes out of Paul Roos Gym, Boishaai, Gimmies, Rondebosch and SACS it seems that the Bulls are quite content to keep dipping into this talent pool until it runs dry.

What is the solution? Not long ago the Border rugby union made waves by stipulating that a school player who has been contracted by another union will not be able to represent Border at Craven Week. However that does little to deter a player who has already been earmarked to play for a big union whilst still in Grade 11.

Is this just the age of professionalism school rugby has entered or should a province have first pick of school players from their province?