Lock Eli Snyman has been ruled out for six weeks and loose forward Ruan Steenkamp for four weeks.

Snyman sustained a grade-three AC shoulder-joint injury against the Jaguares, while Steenkamp took a heavy knock to the head and fractured his jaw.

The good news for the Bulls are that Springbok lock RG Snyman and wing Duncan Matthews have made full recoveries and can be selected to face the Reds this weekend.

Springbok loose forwards Marco van Staden and Roelof Smith both played a Super Sport challenge this past weekend after long-term injuries.

Both of these players are in line to play against the Reds this weekend.

Lock Jason Jenkins and fullback Warrick Gelant are also recovering and a decision on their availability will be made later this week.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will play in their away jerseys against the Reds.

This is for support of SANParks (South African National Parks).

The green away jersey is normally used on their overseas tour, but the move comes to create awareness for the tough jobs the rangers have to protect the country’s parks.

Rhino poaching continues to be a problem in South Africa and it sometimes feel that the rangers face a losing battle.

SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni says that support from one of the biggest sports teams in South Africa will go a long way in creating awareness for conservation.

“One of the biggest challenges to conservation in the 21st century is wildlife crime and without the help of all people we will not halt the attack on our natural heritage. We are thankful to the Bulls for joining the conservation effort to help conserve our natural heritage for future generations.”


Written by Carl Coertzen

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