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Bulls confirm departure of defence coach Mongalo

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Bulls have confirmed the departure of defence coach Joey Mongalo, who departs after two years with the Jake White coached side.

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Mongalo, who joined the Bulls in May 2020, has been poached by the Cell C Sharks. The Pretorian side state that: “Mongalo received an opportunity for a coaching role at another union which he has taken up following a mutual agreement between him and the Vodacom Bulls.”

The defence coach played an integral part in the Vodacom Bulls’ success over the past two seasons which has seen the Bulls win the Super Rugby Unlocked trophy, two back-to-back Carling Currie Cup titles, as well as apperances in the Rainbow Cup and URC finals.

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“The Vodacom Bulls wish Joey well on his new journey and we have no doubt that he will continue to flourish in his new role. We remain confident that he is an important part of the future of South African rugby,” said Blue Bulls Company CEO, Edgar Rathbone.

“Joey has been an important member of our coaching staff since he was brought into the Vodacom Bulls system by Jake White in 2020. He has played an important part in building and developing the side to what we see today. We are saddened to see him go, but we are equally proud to see him spread his wings as he further grows in becoming one of the country’s coaches for the future. We wish him and his family well for the future.”

Mongalo said: “Being part of the Vodacom Bulls over the past two years has been an extraordinary journey which I look back on with such joy and satisfaction. There were some great memories and special relationships that were build over the years which I will forever cherish.

“It is not often that one is afforded an opportunity of a lifetime. I could not let this one pass me by. It is definitely one I am grateful and excited about. I am equally grateful for the past two years at Loftus Versfeld and would like to express a word of gratitude to all at the Vodacom Bulls – the staff under CEO Edgar Rathbone, the coaches, the players, sponsors and supporters. I wish the franchise well for the future.”

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