The most famous school rugby recruiter in South Africa, possibly in all its rugby history is no more. Xander Janse van Rensburg, who joined the Bulls in an unofficial capacity in 2009 before Heyneke Meyer made his appointment official a year later, has resigned from the Blue Bulls.
During his time at the Bulls, an energetic and committed Xander spent more time on the road than all the other unions’ recruiters combined in his efforts to watch and meet talented prospects. No school or festival was considered too small or too out of the way for a man who appreciated that it was all worth it if it led to uncovering even just one hidden gem.
Xander must have given in the region of 500 schoolboys the opportunity to advance their rugby careers via Bulls contracts. Many of those juniors who seized the day have since gone on to establish themselves as top professionals both locally and abroad, with several earning international test caps as well while others are well on their way to doing the same.
Interestingly the rumour mill suggests that French rugby club Stade Français where Heyneke Meyer is currently based as head coach is possibly where Xander is heading.