Bulls make offer to Nienaber

The Blue Bulls have set their sights firmly on former Springbok and current Stormers defensive coach Jacques Nienaber and have made a big offer to him to join their coaching ranks as from 2013.

According to SuperSport's website, Nienaber, widely acknowledged as one of the best defensive coaches in the world, has been the mastermind behind the Stormers' watertight defensive system but has not renewed his contract with Western Province and the Stormers, which comes to an end in October.

The Bulls recently lost their defensive coach John McFarland to the Springboks, along with forwards coach Johan van Graan, High Performance manager Ian Schwartz and conditioning coach Basil Carzils, and have been on the lookout to replace them with top-class candidates ever since.

With McFarland at the Boks, Nienaber was the obvious target as replacement, especially as SuperSport.com has learnt he is keen to be closer to his father, who was injured in a home invasion attack recently in Potchefstroom.

The Bulls' Board of Directors have approved the approach and a formal offer has been made to Nienaber, who asked to be given time until after the Super Rugby tournament before making a decision.

It is understood the Bulls are currently awaiting his answer, but it has been delayed because of his possible involvement with the Springboks.

Despite McFarland’s presence, SA Rugby’s Director of coaching Rassie Erasmus is keen to apparently have Nienaber consult to the Springboks and it is understood that a counter offer is in the process of being finalised where Nienaber may spend part of his time with the Stormers and the rest with the Springboks.

However, Bulls CEO Barend van Graan offered a “no-comment” reply when asked about the offer to Nienaber, which would be a significant loss to the Stormers.

Whichever way Nienaber decides, it seems at this point his fulltime days at the Stormers may be numbered.

The Bulls' Board of Directors will also move to secure replacements for the other lost coaches, with Bok forwards coach Johan van Graan’s spot likely to be filled by former captain Victor Matfield.

Matfield has been the lineout consultant to the Bulls' Super Rugby team and is likely to take up the position as he wants to eventually move into fulltime coaching.

Carzil's position is likely to be filled by Stephen Plummer, who has already been working with the team for a few years now, with new conditioning coach Andre Volsteedt, son of Grey College principle Johan and former conditioning coach for the Sharks under-19 and under-21 sides, taking the other conditioning role in the side.

chaplinncharlie 2012/08/07 02:21:21 PM
LOL... i want to hear the Stompies...
bram.willems.14 2012/08/07 02:25:08 PM
OMW!! Next year it will be the Western Bulls/Stormer Bulls!!
Herman Steytler 2012/08/07 02:27:26 PM
WOW so next year the bulls WP clash will actually be two WP sides playing each other... Much like the cricket series in England being played between SA 1 and 2...
Bootman Antibok 2012/08/07 02:39:35 PM
What will the Bulls supporters say now after lambasting the Stormers for their boring defense orientated game? Suddenly they want the man who engineered it.
Rinus Groeneveld 2012/08/07 02:52:56 PM
They should rather find someone to replace Ludeke. And Spies.
Pietskiet Springbok 2012/08/07 02:54:23 PM
Well know they can learn to defend aswell. We know they can play attacking rugby so the two combinded will make them brilliant team defensive and attacking.:-)
Andre Stols 2012/08/07 02:57:25 PM
the stormers do not know how to attack and only attack brings points on the board-the bulls must get 2 proper props and start where rugby starts and that is to secure 1st phase by scrum,scrum and scrum again.Then they must get 2 strong locks(like Bakkies or Etsebeth)who can help the props to strongly scrum,scrum and scrum again-what part of this message do the Bulls not understand?-wow,guys!!!!
Viva LeBok 2012/08/07 03:17:10 PM
@ visser isak: Two weeks ago many of the stormers supporters were saying that the Stormers play defending rugby because of Nienaber and that he should go. Now that the Bulls have made him an offer its hands off. You guys must make up your mind. By the wat Nienabder was with the cheetahs before being poached by the Stormers so I guess if the Stormers can do it, then so can the Bulls. Oh, and by the way, Nienaber is not from cape Town, he is originally a lot closer to Pretoria.
Johan Hattingh 2012/08/07 04:01:46 PM
Kan jy dink wat sou gebeur het as die Bulls hierdie jaar net minder driee afgestaan het? Gaan maak die som en dan sal jy sien dat die finaal op Loftus sou gewees het!
Bernard Villet 2012/08/07 04:14:40 PM
well done bulls you have probably just moved the stormers from this defensive approach can you now make an offer for Peter Grant, Joe Pietersen and Brok Harris