European Professional Club Rugby | Four Bulls defenders to watch in the Champions Cup

Whereas the 2022/2023 Champions Cup campaign will feature three South African clubs, we’ll introduce you to each team, showing some players who could compete in the competition. Today we focus on the key men in the Bulls’ three-quarter line, who will face Exeter Chiefs and Lyon in Pool A of the Champions Cup.

Chris Smith

The 27-year-old fly-half is set to be an important part of the Bulls’ maiden Champions Cup campaign as the South African side look to confirm their second-place finish in the United Rugby Championship last season. Smith scored a total of 153 points in 20 games, the second best record in the competition, and was omnipresent in the URC final, against the Stormers, with eight points scored (18-13).

Kurt Lee Arendse

The full-back or winger has quickly risen to prominence since moving from 7-15. He graced his first cap with the Springboks last month, against Wales, after making impressive outings on the lawns of the URC. The 26-year-old finished first in the standings for meters covered (1,086) and had the second highest number of crossings in the tournament, not to mention his seven tries scored in 14 games.

Morne Steyn

The experienced fly-half is a familiar figure on the European scene, having scored 123 points in 30 appearances in EPCR competitions, under the colors of Stade Français Paris, between 2013 and 2019. Steyn notably helped the Soldats Roses win the Challenge Cup in 2017. The South African international, who has 68 caps with the Springboks after retiring from international duty in 2021, is still going strong at the age of 38, as illustrated by his 63 points in 15 URC games last season. last season.

Cornal Hendrick

Also a former 7s player who had an immediate impact after his move to 15s, winger or center Hendricks, who won gold medals at the World and Commonwealth Games, was capped 12 times for the Springboks. Age 34 years old, Hendrick was essential last season in the URC, starting 16 of his 20 games, for five tries registered, in addition to making 12 franchises.

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