Ludeke backs new players to defend title

New Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has admitted that losing a number of the Bulls players who won the Super 14 will not present an ideal situation but at the same time he is confident that the players he has on hand will be able to defend the Bulls title.


The Bulls will be boosted by Victor Matfield (pictured) who will miss the first four rounds when he is playing for Toulon but they will be without players like Hooker Gary Botha, prop Danie Thiart, back Frikkie Welsh, loose forward Johan Wassermann (all Montpellier) and lock Francois van Schouwenburg.


Further to this, first choice Johan Roets has retired so there will be a number of holes to fill but Ludeke is still confident of his charges, “Yes, there are a few stalwarts that we have lost, but the young guys who must make the step up are there,” Ludeke says on the RugbyWorld website.


That is what life is about, if one guys steps out the next guy must step up and leave his mark.


“They must now walk in the trail of players who were really great players,” he added. “There are some really great young players, who have incredible talent.

 

“It is a well-known fact that the Bulls’ recruitment programme is among the best and they have secured the services of great young players. “

“Those youngsters will now get opportunities and the challenge is for them to take that opportunity and make a contribution,” he added.


The Bulls kick off their Super 14 defence on February the 16th at Newlands against the Stormers.

 

Super14.com

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