The Vodacom Bulls bid farewell to the DHL Stormers-linked Lizo Gqoboka, with the Pretoria outfit having confirmed that the Springbok loosehead is shifting on to a different group.
The seasoned Gqoboka components methods with The Herd after seven years at Loftus Verfseld, and can reportedly make his means all the way down to the Western Cape in an enormous enhance to the Stormers’ front-row stocks.
Gqoboka joined and made his debut for the Bulls in 2016, happening to amass 108 caps throughout all competitions. GQ, as he’s affectionately identified at Loftus, is a two-time Currie Cup winner and Tremendous Rugby Unlocked winner.
He’s a Tremendous Rugby quarter-finalist and Rainbow Cup finalist with appearances within the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and Champions Cup, and likewise captained the Bulls on various events.
The 33-year-old has two Check caps with three appearances for South Africa ‘A’ and a Springbok XV, all between 2016 and 2019. He made his Bok debut towards Australia in Johannesburg and his final Check was towards Argentina, at Loftus.
Gqoboka was an instrumental determine within the Bulls 2023 Currie Cup marketing campaign, during which he was additionally voted Participant of the 12 months for his efforts throughout that marketing campaign.
“It was an honour to signify such an excellent membership, I’m grateful for all of the recollections and classes. I want to additionally thank the proud and passionate Vodacom Bulls supporters for welcoming my household into their dwelling,” he mentioned.
“I moved right here eight years in the past, as a younger household man and as a participant with a lot to be taught as a lot as I had loads to supply, and I now stroll away reflecting on a time that has been nothing wanting memorable.
“I’m grateful for the coaches I’ve labored with and all of the hidden heroes who’ve labored tirelessly within the background to get me again up at any time when I used to be injured or helped situation me to be at the most effective of my recreation firstly of every season. I additionally take into account myself actually fortunate to have labored alongside the gifted gamers who’ve been my teammates over time,”
“Loftus will all the time be a particular place for my total household and I sit up for visiting once more within the close to future. I want everybody the entire perfect for the long run.”
Director of rugby Jake White mentioned: “We’re saying goodbye to a participant who actually confirmed what is feasible while you work onerous and imagine that you would be able to obtain one thing that’s past the bounds of your background. He has been a participant that has been appreciated and liked by not solely our followers, however these he shared a changeroom with.
“He was an influential determine amongst our total squad for a purpose and as he strikes on, we need to want him the entire perfect.”
CEO Edgar Rathbone added: “Lizo has been an exquisite ambassador of the sport and our membership throughout his eight years spent with us. He confirmed us nice dedication and provided us extra than simply the rugby on the sector, inspiring each younger and previous, enjoying such a pivotal position as a household man and motivator to all those that referred to as Loftus dwelling.
“On behalf of everybody on the Vodacom Bulls, I want to thank him for his service and need him the entire perfect for his future as he strikes on.”
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Revealed : 2023-07-20 09:28:36