Bulls dominate Elite XV

The Vodacom Bulls have contributed six players, more than any other URC team, to the tournament’s 2023-24 Elite XV announced on Friday.

The Elite XV is determined by a media vote and players must have made at least nine appearances to be considered, with the media panel provided a shortlist of 10 per position by URC StatMaster.

The player with the most votes in each position earned a place in the team.

The selection is dominated by Vodacom Bulls players with no fewer than six players from the South African franchise making the cut.

Bulls captain Ruan Nortje is joined by front rowers Akker van der Merwe and Wilco Louw, loose forwards Elrigh Louw and Cameron Hanekom and wing Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Defending URC champions Munster have three players in the XV with Next-Gen Player of the Season Jack Crowley selected alongside fellow Ireland international Tadhg Beirne, and Alex Nankivell.

Warrick Gelant, Jordan Larmour, Sione Tuipulotu, John Cooney, Ox Nche, and Turnover King, Jamie Ritchie, make up the rest of the XV.

Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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