Rudy Gets The Boot!
John Mitchell has signalled his intent to change the Bulls’ style of rugby to a quicker, ball in hand type of game with the introduction of three quick, running and passing scrumhalves into his Super Squad for 2018.
In doing so he has kicked current Springbok Rudy Paige firmly into touch. Paige, with 13 Springbok caps under his belt, is considered superfluous to current requirements, although Mitchell has indicated that it would be great to have him available in the event of injuries to the three he has selected for his squad.
With Piet van Zyl also having left the Bulls, it does seem as if Mitchell is building for the future as all three his scrumhalves are inexperienced youngsters.
Ivan van Zyl, André Warner and Embrose Papier are the three scrumhalves in Mitchell’s 2018 squad.
At a time when South Africa is in dire need of some fresh scrumhalf blood, it will be interesting to watch the progress of Mitchell’s three!