The Blue Bulls Company has announced that former Bulls and Springbok player Thando Manana has joined the business as Special Projects Manager.
The former loose-forward quit his position as General Manager at the Eastern Province Rugby Union a month ago, having been with the union for three years.
“We know Thando’s track record and passion for all things rugby,” said BBCo Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Rathbone. “We have no doubt that he will add great value to the company and rugby in the region. He will be structuring a way to align the Blue Bulls Company with SA Rugby and World Rugby’s strategic objectives to professionalise women’s rugby and to establish us as the trendsetters in South African professional women’s rugby. Blue Bulls women’s rugby seeks to consolidate its position in the upcoming inter-provincial league and become the best women’s provincial side in SA rugby, and be able to compete on the international stage when the opportunity arises.”
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“It is a privilege to return to serve at the Blue Bulls Company, where I cut my teeth and reached great heights in my playing days,” said Manana. “This union and region have always had a special place in my heart. To be able to return to make a further contribution as Special Projects Manager is something I look forward to. The company, the union, and all its teams have enjoyed great success over the years and established themselves as one of the best in the country. I can only hope that what I will bring with further add to the accomplishments of this great establishment.”
In related news, Rathbone recently replaced Manana as Chairman of the South African Rugby Employers’ Organisation. SAREO is the representative council of the professional and amateur rugby employers in South Africa, managing relationships with the players’ union (MyPlayers – SARPA) and the non-playing employees (Sport Employees Unite -SEU), representing employers’ interests to SA Rugby.