Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls ( engl. the Blue Bulls, formerly called Northern Transvaal or Noord- Transvaal from sponsorship reasons referred to as Vodacom Blue Bulls, Afrikaans: Blou Bulle which ) are a South African rugby union team. She plays in the Currie Cup and their game operation is organized by the Blue Bulls Rugby Union ( BBRU ). The home games are played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Association provides players for the franchise Team Bulls playing in the international Super Rugby occupied.


1938 separated the Northern Transvaal Rugby Union, today the BBRU, of the Transvaal Rugby Union and became an independent organization. Equal in their first season of squad the team was riddled with internationals, among them Danie Craven. However, it was not until 1946 to sign the list of winners of the Currie Cup. It was followed until today 15 sole and tripartite victories. The most successful era of the Blue Bulls began in 1968 when ten " Springboks " the jersey of the team contributed, including Frik du Preez. This year, they lost only one game and this against the British and Irish Lions. In 1971 it remained even without defeat, a draw against Transvaal brought the split title. In the 1970s, she dominated the Currie Cup and asked a number of players for the national team from. At the beginning of the 1980s, the era of Naas Botha, who led the team to six other championships began. 1998, there was again a Springboklegende, this time Joost van der Westhuizen, who helped the Blue Bulls to win the Currie Cup. In the early 2000s they again dominated the South African Rugby and brought Bakkies Botha and players like Victor Matfield out who are regular players of the national team for years. Coach Heyneke Meyer changed the style of the team towards an attractive, attacking style that made successfully and the Super 14 franchise named Bulls. So this team once won the internationally staffed league, consisting of Australian, New Zealand and South African national teams. It consists mainly of players who are eligible to play for the Blue Bulls, a few are provided by the Falcons. Since the two competitions Super 14 and Currie Cup not overlap, it is possible.


Currie Cup winner: 1946, 1968, 1969, 1971 *, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 *, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1988, 1989 *, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009

* In these years, the Blue Bulls shared the victory with the Transvaal (1971 ), respectively, Western Province

Super 14: Semi-finals 1996

Well-known current and former players

  • Bakkies Botha
  • Naas Botha
  • Hannes Brewis
  • Danie Craven
  • Jannie de Beer
  • Fourie du Preez
  • Frik du Preez
  • Bryan Habana
  • Johan Heunis
  • Derick Hougaard
  • Louis Koen
  • Victor Matfield
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • Danie Rossouw
  • Louis Schmidt
  • Uli Schmidt
  • Pierre Spies
  • Morne Steyn
  • Lucas Strachan
  • Joost van der Westhuizen
  • Tom van Vollenhoven
  • Pedrie When Castle