Andries Bekker is officially part of the Bloubul setup. The former Springbok lock will, in the capacity of assistant coach, assist the Pretorianians with their lineouts and work at the breakdown points, among other things.
He has signed a contract until June 2026 and he will report to the city of Jakaranda on Monday.
“We are excited to welcome Andries to our coaching team. As a former player, he understands how South African rugby works and he is someone who pays attention to the finer details of the game,” said Edgar Rathbone, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company (BBM).
The 39-year-old Bekker, who stands 2.08 m in his socks, represented South Africa in 29 tests, while he also played in more than 100 games for the Stormers.
He also left his mark in Japan with the Kobe Steelers and after his playing days he waved the coach’s whistle around the club.
“We are making some changes to our coaching group and we are looking to bring in reinforcements in the run-up to the new season. It is our desire to surround the players with top quality coaches who can bring the best out of them.”
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) July 20, 2023
The official confirmation of Bekker’s appointment shortly follows the news that Russell Winter will soon start a new coaching chapter in Japan.
During his time as assistant coach at Loftus Versfeld, Winter celebrated a Super Rugby Unlocked and two Currie Cup titles with the team.
“It’s not easy to say goodbye, but the Kubota Spears gave me the opportunity to work on my long-term coaching goals. However, Loftus is a very special place and I am convinced that our paths will cross again in the future,” said Winter.
Jake White also paid tribute to the former Lions player.
“Russell has been incredible in his time with the team and I wish him well. Japan is a wonderful place for rugby and I know that he will also be successful there,” said the World Cup-winning coach.
We bid farewell to Coach Russel Winter ???? In over 3 years with the @Vodacom Bulls coach Russel helped us to two Currie Cup’s and one Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked trophy????
Thanks for the memories! We wish you all the best in Japan, Cuz! ???? pic.twitter.com/qlu7YXf78X
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) July 18, 2023