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Thu Apr 17 06:14:41 SAST 2014

He's big, tall, fast - Bulls think he's class

Craig Shelver | 16 November, 2011 21:403 Comments
Daniel Adongo during the Sharks training session at the Shark Tank, Kings Park Stadium on January 27, 2011 in Durban
Image by: Steve Haag / Gallo Images

NEW Bulls signing Daniel Adongo is a man-mountain.

Imagine the build of Pierre Spies combined with the height of Victor Matfield - and an ability to run like the wind.

The Kenyan-born utility forward has signed a contract with the Bulls that will see him through to the end of the 2013 season.

He came through the Sharks Academy, playing Sharks under-19, under-21 and Vodacom Cup. He was also part of this year's Super15 squad that played the Stormers and Lions in the pre-season.

He is reportedly as capable in the second row as he is on the side of the scrum and played on the wing at age-group level for the Sharks.

He has yet to play a Super rugby game though, but is part of the Bulls 2012 Super15 training group and is likely to get his chance in next year's Southern Hemisphere Provincial tournament.

At 22, the Nairobi-born player is just starting his rugby career and what better place to do so than with the Bulls, who are rebuilding after the departure of several senior players?

Adongo played all 10 Vodacom Cup games this season with the Sharks, who made it to the semifinals, losing to eventual champions Pampas XV.

Sean Everitt, a Sharks coach, described the Kenyan as a "complete athlete".

"He's extremely well-conditioned, has a very strong upper body, is powerful and with a lot of pace.

And the coach was very sorry to see the back of the young man.

"We worked hard on Dan here at the Sharks to try and develop him as we obviously saw his potential - that's why we kept him here for four years," Everitt said.

"The more game time he is able to get at loose forward the better he will be.

"I think he still has a bit of development to do, as he converted late from wing to forward, and obviously that takes quite a bit of adjustment - but he's certainly got the potential to play at the highest level," Everitt said.

"At the end he was a valuable member of our team."

Adongo is joined at the Bulls by several exciting young recruits. Western Province stars JJ Engelbrecht, Johan Sadie and Lionel Cronje have made their way to the Pretoria side after their superb season in both the Super15 and Currie Cup. Another is former Grey College and SA Schools flanker Jean Cook. The 20-year-old also represented the national u/20 team that went to the junior world cup in Italy earlier this year.

After dominating the South African rugby scene for so may years, the Bulls are starting to write a new chapter.

They will be relying on their youngsters, with the help of the remaining experienced campaigners, to take them back to the top after a disappointing 2011 season.

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COMMENTS [3]

Nov 17, 2011
It's about time they had some braun on their side! Will these youngsters stack up to experienced players?

Nov 17, 2011
Only time will tell if he lives up to his hype!

Nov 19, 2011
Can only do better than Spies, the show pony