Bulls coach Jake White is covering all bases to ensure that the Bulls will be competitive as the Rainbow Cup, the Currie Cup and the upcoming PRO16 for the franchise looms with the Springboks having first dibs on the Bulls best players.
The Boks will hopefully fit in a warm-up international – their first test match in more than 18 months since winning the World Cup – before the two tough series against the British and Irish Lions and then the Rugby Championship against Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
It stands to reason that the Bulls will have a good number of players in the national squads which are expected to be bigger than before to cover for possible Covid-related withdrawals during the Lions series and the Rugby Championship.
And also, with such a tough schedule, the reality of injuries should not be discounted.
White has in the past four weeks now lured two Springboks, Marcell Coetzee and Johan Goosen, and top-class abrasive forward Jacques du Plessis from Europe to the Bulls’ Loftus kraal.
As was the case with Coetzee and Du Plessis, the confirmation of Goosen’s transfer from Montpellier comes as no surprise. He is a clubmate of Du Plessis.
Goosen is a talented attacking flyhalf with a powerful boot and natural instinct that earned him call-ups to the Junior Springboks (2011), the Springbok XV (2014) and the Springboks shortly thereafter.
He will link up with the Bulls on 1 July.