DIRECTOR of rugby Heyneke Meyer told Business Day yesterday he planned to turn the Blue Bulls back into a dominant franchise which plays a fluid, high-intensity running game.
From next year the Bulls will be without some of the trustees that have served them with aplomb - Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw - and who have delivered trophies that some teams still dream of winning.
Meyer's recruits thus far, Johan Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht and most recently Lionel Cronje, are fleet- footed backline players, a clear indication of the direction the team would be taking.
"I brought Pine (Pienaar) in who was a backline coach because I want to improve the way we're playing. If you look at the guys we've recruited, they are very exciting backs.
"You always have a vision of how you want to play and then get players around that.
"We will always have a tough forward pack but we've looked at how the game has evolved," Meyer said.
"If you stay the same you'll never get ahead."
The Bulls are in the same position they were when he started as coach in 2000, said Meyer, in that an overhaul is needed to reposition the team to the top.
Meyer listed five focal points he felt would give the union the edge over its rivals: having the best coaching staff at all age group levels, recruiting the best young talent, implementing a winning culture, ensuring an environment where players can grow to their full potential and changing the way the Bulls played. "It's not finalised yet but we are looking to get Victor Matfield in to help us with the lineouts.
"We are looking hard at the way we are going to play. We are busy with a lot of camps that (are set up) to have the whole union playing the same way."
However the changes will not be without their casualties.
"The hard decisions we had to make (were) which players we want to keep and which we will let go," Meyer said.