Willemse joins Blue Bulls

August 27, 2012
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The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd is pleased to confirm that lock Paul Willemse has agreed terms with them and will join the Vodacom Bulls ahead of next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The Junior World Cup winning lock is currently playing at the Golden Lions and will start camp in Pretoria on November 1st, 2012.

Willemse was one of the stand-outs in the Junior Boks team that won the IRB Junior World Championship earlier this year and at 127kg and 2.00m, will bring a lot of physicality to the Vodacom Bulls.

Commenting on the signing, Vodacom Bulls Head Coach, Frans Ludeke, said he was very impressed by what he saw of Willemse this far.

“He is clearly enjoying his rugby at the moment and one can see that in his efforts on the field. He is a big, strong man and loves the physical aspects of being a lock, something that should fit in perfectly at the Vodacom Bulls. We are delighted to get him on board and I believe he will do very well with us,” the coach said.

Bio

Physical: 127kg & 2.00m

DOB: 13 November 1992, Pretoria

Schools: Boerefort Primary (Pretoria), Monument HS (Krugersdorp)

Squads:

MTN Lions – Vodacom Super Rugby 2012

SA Under-20 – IRB JWC – 2012

MTN Golden Lions – Absa Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup 2012

MTN Golden Lions – Absa Under-19 competition 2011

MTN Golden Lions – Craven Week – 2010

Namibia – Craven Week – 2009

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4 Comments

  1. avatar biltongbek says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I thought this has happened already?

    Was there a delay?

  2. avatar Morné says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Reply to biltongbek @ 9:41 am:

    Rumoured, but he did not agree to terms up till now.

  3. avatar DavidS says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Still a heavy loss for the Lions…

    So the Bulls become the first vultures around the carcass…

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 7:11 pm:

    Yep very good purchase this… was hoping the Sharks would have been quicker and had Willemse partner Pieter Steph Du Toit and Marais for the much needed ‘new breed’ of locks in KZN…

    You guys still have Venter…

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