PRETORIA – The Blue Bulls moved closer to gaining some stability with the re-election of Willem Strauss as president for the next four years.
Strauss had been holding the reins as interim president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union since March this year after the sudden resignation of Gert Wessels.
Strauss, who also serves as chairman of the Blue Bulls Company Board of Directors, will be pressed to swiftly finding a chief executive officer for the Blue Bulls Company with the impending departure of Barend van Graan while also searching for a director of rugby and Super Rugby coach to replace John Mitchell.
“We are on the doorstep of an exciting new era for both the Vodacom Bulls and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, with some big appointments to be announced soon.
Stability and consistency is of the utmost importance at this stage, and fans can be assured that I will do my best to ensure this,” said Strauss in a statement.
Having served as a chief executive for the Pumas Rugby Union and head of marketing for the Northern Bulls in the then Super 12 competition, Strauss is a big believer in the preservation of amateur rugby and has been at the forefront of forging a closer relationship between club and professional rugby at the Bulls.
“It’s no secret that I have dedicated my life to the beautiful game of rugby. I am honored and privileged to be granted to opportunity to lead the Bulls family once again.
We have been blessed with some of the most amazing people that have supported our efforts on both the professional and amateur sides.”