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Bulls coach Jake White picks strong team for trip to face Ospreys

Mahlatse Mphahlele Sports reporter
Bulls coach Jake White
Bulls coach Jake White
Image: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Bulls coach Jake White has selected the strongest possible 28-man squad for Friday’s vital United Rugby Championship (URC) clash against Ospreys in Swansea.

The Bulls head to Wales for this last round robin-match having already secured a play-offs spot, but high on their agenda will be victory that will give them a chance to host a home quarterfinal.

The Bulls, who are sixth on the IRC standings after 17 matches, must beat the unpredictable Ospreys side in their own backyard and hope other results go their way.

In the travelling squad, White has included one of the side’s newest recruits, Ruan Vermaak, who joined the side late last week from Japanese team NTT Red Hurricanes.

“We have an important tour where we will face a dangerous Ospreys team in their own backyard,” said White.

“We are at a crucial stage of the competition – the business end of the round-robin stages and on the verge of the playoffs, with plenty to play for in terms of securing home quarterfinal spots.

“ The focus is on playing well as a group this week and to start building good momentum going into the playoffs,” said White.

Bulls 28-man touring squad: Arno Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Cyle Brink, Dylan Smith, Elrigh Louw, Gerhard Steenekamp, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Janko Swanepoel, Johan Grobbelaar, Marcell Coetzee (CAPT), Mornay Smith, Robert Hunt, Ruan Nortje, Ruan Vermaak, Simphiwe Matanzima, Walt Steenkamp, Canan Moodie, Chris Smith, Cornal Hendricks, David Kriel, Embrose Papier, Harold Vorster, Juan Mostert, Keagan Johannes, Madosh Tambwe, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Stedman Gans, Zak Burger

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