Wynand Olivier has signed a two-year contract with the Bulls ending speculation of a possible move to Europe.
When fit, Jean de Villiers has held a monopoly on the No 12 Springbok jersey, but the 2008 SA Player of the Year will be leaving for Munster after the Tri-Nations. As reported by keo.co.za before this year’s tournament, Adi Jacobs will replace De Villiers, while Olivier seems to be the alternative rather than the frontrunner.
Nevertheless, Olivier has committed to the Bulls until 2011 and has maintained the hope of featuring as a Test starter. At the very least, he will be back to help the Bulls defend their Super 14 title next year.
‘Our team is built around experienced individuals and Wynand is without a doubt one of them,’ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said. ‘He has been phenomenal for us in the Super 14 and he is one of those players who are able to deliver something special when all the odds are against us.
‘His defence is superb, on attack he is more than a handful and as one of our main decision-makers he has been exceptional. Wynand operates like a world-class flanker on defence and the turnovers he forces are extremely valuable for us.
‘All in all he is a huge asset for the team and to develop such a player takes several years which is one of the main reasons why I am grateful that he opted to stay on with the Bulls.’
Ludeke said having Olivier stay on would help groom the next generation of Bulls players.
‘He is also very keen to help us to develop the younger players in the system and with his professional attitude and unequalled work ethic, he will surely add a lot of value to the Bulls in the years to come.’