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Human or Theron for Bulls coaching gig?


After Saturday’s semi final at Newlands Blue Bulls coach Pote Human made it clear that he want to coach the Bulls in the Super Rugby competition but at this stage it is unclear who will in fact get the job.

Rumours going around the last couple of weeks suggested that Jimmy Stonehouse, John Dobson and now Dawie Theron was in the running for the job.

Stonehouse has apparently taken himself out of the running a week ago. The suggestion was that he has renegotiated with his current franchise the Pumas for a better deal to stay as Director and coach at the franchise.

John Dobson has proven to be a great option as a coach but he is still contracted with Western Province till the end of 2019 and it is unclear if he would want to leave Cape Town.

There are also rumours that he may be the person taking over from Robbie Fleck at the Stormers when Fleck contract expires at the end of the 2019 season.

That does not leave too many local coaches for the Bulls to pick from so at this stage it seems it will be between Pote Human and Dawie Theron.

Human have been coaching since 1996 and may be just what the Bulls needs at this moment.

He is a Blue Bull through and through and has been involved with the Bulls and Blue Bulls through the years.

He started coaching at the Griffons and spend some time at the Shimlas before coaching the Blue Bulls for the first time between 2005-2006.

He was also the Bulls forward coach with Heyneke Meyer between 2005 to 2008.

In 2008 he moved to Ricoh Black Rams in Japan and came back to Pretoria to coach Tuks in 2011. Human moved to Kimberley in 2012 to coach Griquas till 2013.

He took charge of Tuks again from 2013 were they beat Maties at home to take the trophy.

His Tuks side lifted the trophy again in 2017 beating Maties again in the final.

In 2016 he coached the Blue Bulls U21 were they lost in the semi finals against the Golden Lions.

In 2017 he was the forward coach for the Bulls and Blue Bulls and progress to head coach of the Blue Bulls in 2018.

Dawie Theron started his coaching career in 2007 with Griquas were he coached until 2010. They won the Vodacom Cup in 2007 and 2009 while Theron was at the union.

In 2011 till 2015 Theron was in-charge of the South African Junior Boks.

Under Theron the Junior Boks won the competition in 2012, 2013 they came third, 2014 they lost out against England in the final and in 2015 they came third again.

After leaving SA Rugby Theron moved to Japan to coach the Docomo Red Hurricanes.

So both options seems great for the Bulls it will just be a matter of who will eventually get the nod.

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  1. Won’t they be prepared to work together at the Bulls? Looking at the often repeated example of the All Blacks where they depend on a team of experienced coaches to lead the ABs. We seem to only worry about the head coach at the franchises. Anyway, if it was up to me and the above is out of the question, I would offer Human the opportunity in 2019 to see if he can build on the upward curve the Blue Bulls showed in the Currie Cup.

  2. As for the Stormers and Dobson, why so we have to sit through the pain of anther Fleck super rugby season? His performance curve has trended downwards so I can only imagine where the Stormers will end up next year.

    Why not do what the Bulls did with Nollis and move Fleck down the ranks. I would swop Dobson and Fleck for next year, let Dobson build on the Currie Cup results and Fleck can go and do another coaching course somewhere in the world before taking charge of the Currie Cup next year before WP waive him goodbye at the end of 2019.

  3. I’d rather not sacrafice yet another soul so ideally it’s be Darth Ludeke for another tour in Hades.
    But given the option that Bunny posed –
    It would have to be Demon err……Human (oh the irony)
    He has devoted his life with ZeeBulls & has played the role of “henchman” dutifully. et him have his destiny if he doesn’t recognize his demise.
    See 2:40 mark “Time Enough At Last” to witness PH sad end.

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