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De Jager steps into captaincy role for Bulls

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    05 Jan 2019     Getty Images

First five-eighths Handre Pollard will be vice-captain of the side. The announcement was made in South Africa on Friday among several other management positions.

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De Jager missed much of the Test season in 2018 due to a torn pectoral muscle while playing for the Bulls in Super Rugby last May.

Pollard had captaincy roles with the side last year when Burger Odendaal was not available.

Coach Pote Human said: "We've had some great leaders at Loftus, and often worked with a core group of guys that contributed to the leadership.

"We are once again spoilt for choice with guys like Burger Odendaal, Hanro Liebengerg, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits, Ruan Steenkamp, Travis Ismaiel and Jesse Kriet, to mention a few.

"However, Lood has grown into an inspirational leader, even during a time when he didn't play much rugby, and I am positive that he will have the full support of everybody at Loftus," he said.

Former assistant coach Pine Pienaar will return as defence coach after having been dismissed during a restructuring under John Mitchell last season.
In the meantime Pienaar worked as a consultant for the Cheetahs covering their juniors to their PRO14 side.

Former Stormers first five-eighths Chris Rossouw has joined the coaching group as backline and attack coach. He will join Anton Leonard the lineout specialist, Hayden Groepes, the skills and kicking coach and John-William Meyer the technical analyst.

Rossouw, the brother of former Springbok wing Pieter Rossouw worked with the Nambian international side in 2017.

Meanwhile, former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has extended his stint at Glasgow Warriors with a one-year extension.

Rennie succeeded Scotland coach Gregor Townsend in the position in 2017 and took the Warriors to a PRO14 semifinal in his first season.

"I'm going to be here for at least another year-and-a-half, possibly longer," he told Scots media.

"It's been really good, we are really happy. If I'm not here, who is going to be running the show and contracting? It gives players clarity over who is going to be here," he said.