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Potgieter stays with the Bulls

Johannesburg - Springbok loose forward Jacques Potgieter has extended his contract with the Bulls, the Pretoria union announced on Wednesday.

The flanker joined the Blue Bulls in 2011 from the EP Kings and immediately made an impact.

He continued his fine form in the 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby season, in which he made his Bulls debut. Solid performances at that level saw him being picked to play for the Springboks in 2012, earning three caps.

“I am very happy in Pretoria and have progressed so much as a player since my arrival here,” Potgieter said on Wednesday.

“I would like to stay on and develop my game even further. The great work ethic makes it easy to operate here if you believe in working hard.”

Bulls high performance manager Xander Janse van Rensburg was very pleased with this development.

“Jacques has shown himself as one of the most committed and versatile loose forwards in the country over the last couple of seasons,” said Janse van Rensburg.

“His abrasiveness fits well with our style of play and to have him around till at least the end of November 2015 is a real bonus for us.”

Meanwhile, Janse van Rensburg confirmed a new deal with scrum coach Wessel Roux. The former Springbok front rower was named Blue Bulls Under-19 forwards coach and scrum coach to all junior and senior Blue Bulls sides.

“Wessel is the ideal mentor for the junior props in our structures and has the knowledge to assist at the highest level.

“He has played until fairly recently and has a fantastic way of working with the players. We are very pleased to have Wessel around for another stint.” - Sapa

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