Former Springboks lock Victor Matfield had been heavily linked to the role, but it’s believed he turned down the chance, forcing the Bulls to look elsewhere.
Southern Kings coach Deon Davids was also rumoured to be a contender, but instead they’ve chosen Pote Human, who led the Bulls during this years Currie Cup.
He will step up for the new 2019 Super Rugby season, looking to improve their disappointing 12th-placed finish, with only the Reds, Blues and Sunwolves below them.
The Bulls have also revealed Alan Zondagh as their new Director of Rugby, on a three-year deal.
Zondagh’s varied career includes coaching stints with Eastern Province, Western Province and in England with London Scottish.
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) December 11, 2018
The Bulls have had a busy post-season, with Mitchell’s departure, which earned the club £200,000 in compensation from the Rugby Football Union.
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They have recruited experienced hooker Schalk Brits, who hopes the move will help in his bid to prove he deserves to make the Springboks World Cup squad in Japan.
Brits, who has won 11 caps, has kept himself fit with a punishing training programme and is relishing the thought of getting back into action against the Pumas. He told RugbyPass; “ I planned to go the Stormers but then I received a message saying they had financial issues and so now I will be joining the Bulls. I will start training with the Bulls in January and it is fantastic to be joining them and while it is for one season it is exciting. After the World Cup I am definitely done!
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