– Cape Town By securing the signing of Springbok tighthead prop Wilco Louw on Wednesday, the Bulls have demonstrated their commitment to transforming their scrum into a force.
The 28-year-old front-three-year rower’s deal with Pretoria has expired, but he will join the team on July 1, 2023.
Louw, a native of Ceres in the Western Cape, played for Boland at the Under-18 level and for SA Schools before joining the Stormers and then the English club Harlequins.
He spent his post-school junior years with the Bulls, where he earned a reputation for himself and was a member of the South African Under-20 team that lost the 2014 world championship final to England.
In addition to earning 14 Springbok Test caps, Louw is a massive player who is recognized for being a scrum rock.
Welcoming Wilco Louw HOME On a three-year contract, the Springbok-capped Tighthead returns to Loftus, where it all began.
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A return to South Africa, however, will reintroduce him to national coach Jacques Nienaber. During his tenure with Harlequins, he was virtually absent from the Boks.
However, the Bulls will have to wait eight more months to utilize his abilities.
Coach Jake White will be eager to call on Louw to improve the Bulls’ uneven scrum from the past few seasons.
Since Trevor Nyakane’s departure for France, Mornay Smith has been the top tighthead, but Jacques van Rooyen, Francois Klopper, and Robert Hunt have also filled in at No. 3.
In the United Rugby Championship and Champions Cup, the Bulls will benefit from Louw’s experience playing in Europe and his powerful right shoulder.
“The Bulls play a thrilling style of rugby and have excellent coaches.” I am eager for the forthcoming task. “I am looking forward to donning the jersey once again and competing in the United Rugby Championship,” Louw stated on Wednesday.
It is thrilling to be returning to South Africa and reuniting with the Bulls. I had an incredible time at Harlequins and made wonderful memories, and I hope we can do the same in Pretoria.
“My rugby career began with the Bulls, and I believe it’s every rugby player’s desire to win a few trophies in their career, so I’m eager to join the club and collaborate with outstanding players and coaches to make that dream a reality.”