Joubert comes full circle

Former Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Rudy Joubert has returned to the Boland to take up the position of director of coaching.

Joubert, who was in the running for the Springbok post when Rudolf Straeuli resigned at the end of 2003, will work closely with incumbent coach Hawies Fourie in the 2007 season. He was largely responsible for nurturing the talents of Marius Joubert and Wayne Julies when he was last working in this part of the world, and is the latest addition to the ever-burgeoning group of professionals joining Boland.

Joubert’s arrival is a timely one, with Boland playing in the First Division final against the Leopards this Friday in Potchefstroom.

Meanwhile, with new sponsors Fidentia providing the financial freedom needed to attract top players to the minnow union, it is rumoured that Lions flank Bioplus van der Merwe and Griquas prop Jané du Toit may also be signing with Boland.