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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 17: Jake White prior the Tour match between South Africa A and Vodacom Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on July 17, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sintu Manjezi returns as Bulls name United Rugby Championship travelling squad

The Blue Bulls have named their travelling squad for the United Rugby Championships which includes the return of lock Sintu Manjezi.

Jake White Bulls

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 17: Jake White prior the Tour match between South Africa A and Vodacom Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on July 17, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The Blue Bulls have named their travelling squad for the United Rugby Championship which includes the return of lock Sintu Manjezi. 

Director of Rugby Jake White has decided to include Manjezi in his 37-man strong squad for the United Kingdom leg of the United Rugby Championship, following his lengthy injury. 

Manjezi joined the Bulls in a high profile move

Manjezi, joined the Bulls in July 2020 as a marquee signing from the Cheetahs, in a deal that saw Springbok flyer Rosko Specman go the other way. The towering second-rower was often used off the bench in his first few months in Tshwane, but had began to establish himself as a starter in White’s side towards the business end of the Currie Cup last year.

He has been sidelined for all of the 2020 season thus far

As the Bulls claimed victory over the Sharks in that 2020 final played in January this year, it meant back to back titles for Manjezi who had won the tournament previously at the Cheetahs in 2019. But unfortunately for the 25-year-old, he would suffer a serious knee injury during that final that ultimately saw him sidelined for all of the 2021 season thus far. However, he has made a full recovery just in time for White to use his expertise playing in Europe with the Cheetahs to his team’s favour. 

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Besides Manjezi, another welcome returnee from a long-term injury is Springbok scrumhalf Embrose Papier. The nippy half back has been sidelined since the Preparations Series and is yet to feature in official competition for the Bulls this season. The likes of Springbok prop Lizo Gqoboka and Johan Goosen will also return and take part in this tour.

Potential debuts

New faces have also been included, with recently signed veteran World Cup winning Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis set to make his debut for the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship. Former University of Cape Town prop Robert Hunt is also in contention to make his union bow.

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Here are the Blue Bulls fixtures for the tour:

Leinster Rugby v Vodacom Bulls – Saturday, September 25, 18h15 (SA time)
Connacht Rugby v Vodacom Bulls – Friday, October 1, 20h35 (SA time)
Cardiff Rugby v Vodacom Bulls – Saturday, October 9, 20h35 (SA time)
Edinburgh Rugby v Vodacom Bulls – Saturday, October 16, 18h15 (SA time)

The Vodacom Bulls touring group, by position, is:

PROPS:
1. Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

2. Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

3. Gerhard Steenekamp (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

4. Mornay Smith (Betway Centurion)

5. Jacques van Rooyen (Tuine)

6. Robert Hunt (Harlequins)

HOOKERS: 

7. Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion)

8. Jan-Hendrik Wessels (U20)

9. Joe van Zyl (Harlequins)

10. Sidney Tobias (Northam)

11. Schalk Erasmus (Tuine)

LOCKS:
12. Walt Steenkamp (Betway Centurion)

13. Sintu Manjezi (Harlequins)

14. (Reinhardt Ludwig) (U20)

15. Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

16. Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria)

LOOSE-FORWARDS:
17. Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

18. Marcell Coetzee (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

19. Jacques du Plessis (FNB Tuks)

20. Muller Uys (FNB Tuks)

21. Elrigh Louw (FNB Tuks)

22. WJ Steenkamp (Tuine)

SCRUMHALVES:
23. Zak Burger (Tuine)

24. Embrose Papier (FNB Tuks)

25. Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria)

26. Keagan Johannes (FNB Tuks)

FLYHALVES:
27. Johan Goosen (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)

28. Chris Smith (Harlequins)

CENTRES:
29. Cornal Hendricks (Northam)

30. Harold Vorster (Northam)

31. Lionel Mapoe (Pretoria)

32. Stedman Gans (Northam)

OUTSIDE BACKS:

33. Kurt-Lee Arendse (Betway Centurion)

34. Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria)

35. Stravino Jacobs (Harlequins)

36. Ruan Combrinck (Tuine)

37. David Kriel (Betway Centurion)