The Blue Bulls dominated at the SA Rugby Awards with Duane Vermeulen winning the coveted Player of the Year award, and Jake White walking away with the Coach of the Year award. Vermeulen has now won player of the year for the second time, and was instrumental in leading the Bulls to their first Currie Cup win in many years. Conral Hendricks won the Currie Cup Player of the Year.
“It was a tough season but Duane was superb – not only on the field, where his performances were on par with the very high standard we’ve become accustomed to from him, but he also led the Bulls with aplomb as our teams had to navigate numerous new curve balls and challenges,” said Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President.
“I would like to congratulate Jake and the Bulls on their season, as well as Wandisile, Cornal, Stedman, and Jaco, but I also have to acknowledge all our teams and players who worked tirelessly undr difficult circumstances to ensure that we saw some rugby on local soil in 2020. A lot of hard work went into making the season a reality and I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making it happen, especially our broadcast partner and sponsors, who stuck with us through tumultous times,” Alexander continued.
“The pandemic has been disruptive to people from all walks of life and apart from the hard work done in training, first at home and later back at their team bases, it was heartening to see our players rolling up their sleeves and also helping fellow South Africans who are not as fortunate. We saw yet again that we are stronger, together.”