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Jean CookLivewire Bulls blindside flanker Jean Cook has also returned to his roots. The Cheetahs were keen to retain the young star back in 2011, but were unable to do so, due to financial constraints. The Cheetahs on field performances, have positively impacted on their financial resources too, which has enabled the contracting of more players.

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Jean Cook made a profound impact off the bench for the Bulls, particularly in the matches versus the Griquas, and Western Province. His try against Western Province in particular was indicative of a player with X-factor. He joins fellow Bulls player Francois Venter at the Cheetahs after the conclusion of the Currie Cup. Despite his performances off the bench, he is likely to still be behind Jacques du Plessis, Jacques (Vleis) Engelbrecht, and Arno Botha in the pecking order at the Bulls.

His desire for more game time, together with the Cheetahs recent performances has prompted his move back to the Cheetahs. Cook has an impressive CV, and will be a welcome addition to the Cheetahs flank resources.

As for the Cheetahs, they had to find replacements for Frans Viljoen (Lyon) and Juan Smith (Toulon). Despite an impressive Super 15 tournament by the Cheetahs loose forwards, they still need quality back up players. Jean will compete with the likes of Lappies Labuschagne, Tertius Daniller, Davon Raubenheimer, Jonothan Adendorff, and Hilton Lobberts for a spot in the Cheetahs Super Rugby squad. The fact that he can also play lock, will enhance his prospects.

 

Jean George Cook:

Born in Pietermaritzburg on 14 August 1991, Jean attended Grey Primary and then Grey College in Bloemfontein. He furthered his studies at the Central University of Technology.

  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 105 kg’s

 

Rugby Portfolio:

  • 2007 - Free State u/16 (Coca Cola u/16 Grant Khomo Week).
  • 2008 – Konica Minolta Free State (Coca Cola u/18 Craven Week), South Africa (u/18 Elite Squad).
  • 2009 – Free State (Coca Cola u/18 Craven Week), SA Schools (SA u/18 High Performance), SA Schools (SA Schools u/18).
  • 2010 – CUT (FNB  Varsity Shield), Free State (ABSA u/19 Competition).
  • 2011 – Free State (ABSA u/21 Competition),  Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Vodacom Cup), South Africa (IRB Junior Rugby World Championship).
  • 2012 – Blue Bulls (ABSA u/21 Competition), Vodacom Blue Bulls (Vodacom Cup, ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division).
  • 2013 – FNB Tuks 1 (FNB Varsity Cup), Vodacom Blue Bulls (Vodacom Cup, ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division),  Bulls (Vodacom Super 15).

37 Responses to Blue Bull Cook becomes a Cheetah again

  • 1

    Jis wie is volgende? Arno Botha?

  • 2

    Eish, that’s a bit of a “Gatslag”… I really rate this boy!

    1 @ MacroBull:
    Flok, daar’s omtrent nie meer Bulle oor nie… ons sal maar met Affies & Waterkloof se skoolseuns moet speel… hehehe

  • 3

    How can he be behind Jacque de Plessis in the pecking order?

    Hoekom kan Rudy Paige nie ook sommer Boland toe gaan nie, ok selfs Lusaka.

  • 4

    @ MacroBull:
    Want Rudy kom van Jozi af, kennie die Kaap nie. Hy was Lions Cravens kaptein gewees.

  • 5

    @ Pietman:
    Ja ek het gekyk, kom van Riversdale af, in hoerskool was hy Bastion toe en het vir UJ gespeel.

    Maar Flok, ek warrie nie waareen hy gaan nie.

    Italie B liga clubrugby dalk.

  • 6

    @ MacroBull:
    Maar ok ek sal bietjie kalmeer.

    Ek het gedink Rudy was goed in die eerste game, maar het van die wal af in die sloot in gedonder die laaste 2 weke. Ek is maar net baie telleurgesteld, ek hoop hy kan terugkom.

    Ek verstaan net nie hoekom die BB mediocrity so rewards nie, hoe kan ons JAcque Dup kies was all hype is net oor die hype en nie Cook wat ‘n veel beter speler is nie, met meer ervaring ens. Hoekom teken Pollard n kontrak vir 5 jaar?? het die bulle dit net gedoen omdat hy briljant is? of is dit net “peer pressure” oor die hype om die ou, en dan smyt hul Vermaak net weg.

    Dit is net frustreerend wat daar aangaan.

  • 7

    @ MacroBull:
    O ok thx, Riversdal se man dan, goeie rugbyspelers in daai wereld, Oakdale Landbou en so.

  • 8

    Seems Freestate and to a lesser extend Griquas might be real forces in the future.
    Good news for SA rugby but not so great for the Bulls

    I say again, money makes you but breaks you as well.
    Helps f-all if you buy all and sundry and can’t manage it, these are individuals with ambition and pride they are not items on the stock exchange.
    Thought they would have learned after loosing CJ Stander.

    I might be wrong but this is how I see it.

  • 9

    @ Gena_ZA:
    Yep all these guys are being bought, and they may have an inflated ego at 19 already where they are angry for not making the first team.

    I have heard rumors about Kobus Marais, who is a real star for the future, who is already looking for other opportunities because he is not picked. I hope it is not true though.

    CJ Stander was the beginning of the end.

  • 10

    Oh no really disappointing news, normally I can wish players who have been with us for a while all the best when they depart but just can’t get myself to do it this time am so disappointed, thought Cook was a real star in the making, and having recently turned 22 still many of the best years of his rugby career ahead of him.

  • 11

    9 @ MacroBull:
    That’s not good news either MacroBull if the rumour is true, not seen him play but have read that Marais is pretty good. Is this just part of the society these days where the use of technology has got us used to things happening quickly, also there seems to be a sense of entitlement in many folk as well.

  • 12

    @ MacroBull:
    @ grootblousmile:
    I see there is a player called Ngako Ralepelle making his debut for the Blue Bulls U19s at flank this afternoon, do you guys know if he is related to Chilliboy?

  • 13

    12 @ Bullscot:
    Chiliboy’s younger brother, in fact!

  • 14

    13 @ grootblousmile:
    Interesting thanks for that GBS, hopefully he will turn to be at least as good if not better than ou boet, how are you all doing?

  • 15

    Ek is nou al soooo gatvol!!!!! ek sweer Barend van Graan is op ‘n mission om van al die top spelers ontslae te raak! hy was blykbaar voor in die koor oor die nuwe kwotas, dink julle nie dis wat hy doen nie? en hoekom het hulle al die senior spelers se kontrakte halveer?
    Wat de hel gaan aan?

  • 16

    U19S – Blue Bulls 7/0 Leopards, converted try by centre Duncan Mathews in 2nd minute, conversion by JP Smith

  • 17

    15 @ Tripples:
    Dis daai jong dom flokker, Xander Janse van Rensburg, wat nou die flippen kontraktering moet doen sedert die guru, Ian Schwartz, weg is by die Bulls saam met Heyneke.

    Die choppie is in sy twintigs man… eish

  • 18

    U19s halftime – Blue Bulls 24/0 Leopards, 4 tries – 2 converted, sounds like Duncan Mathews is having a good game

  • 19

    @ Bullscot:
    perhaps the Bulls will fly him down to Durban for tomorrow’s game! Beaten-up

  • 20

    @ grootblousmile:
    But Goodness GBS, surely he does not have the final say over the financial side of the contracts, that has to be the CEO and management? Think he is just the scapegoat!!!!

    And if he is the one with the final say, are Management soooooooooooooooo fkn blind that they cant see he is effing up?

  • 21

    @ Raggie:

    hahahahaha, I am too scared to walk past Loftus with a kit bag at this stage as they might make me flyhalve!!!! And I am an almost 50 year old fat tannie!!!!

  • 22

    Not to even mention the scrumhalve position!!!! Geeze have our koffers ever been this empty?

  • 23

    U19s 3 minutes into 2nd half – Blue Bulls 29/5 Leopards, 2nd half action started with an unconverted try by Leopards followed by converted try by Blue Bulls

  • 24

    Go Bulletjies!!!!!! Yaay at last something to shout for!!!

  • 25

    22 @ Tripples:
    Talking about scrumhalves Tripples I heard a while ago that young Justin Phillips (think that’s his name)who is meant to be a good scrummy and I think was at Waterkloof was snapped up by WP!

  • 26

    24 @ Tripples:
    Happy we should always be shouting for our team, in fact when they not doing well is probably when they need us shouting even more for them

  • 27

    26 @ Bullscot:
    And if we don’t shout for them, we’ll shout AT them… hehehe

  • 28

    U19s about 7 min left in match Blue Bulls 43/5 Leopards – tries galore!

  • 29

    27 @ grootblousmile:
    Haha yes GBS :-)

  • 30

    @ grootblousmile:
    Gaan jy Ellispark toe?

  • 31

    30 @ Pietman:
    Norreflok!

    Nee man, Handbriekie & BonzaiHandbriekie se maatskappy hou ‘n mooosa Wedding Expo hier in die Oos-Rand, met hordes Uitstallers, Markiestente, Outydse Karre, dekor, eet- en drinkgoed, Oos-Rand Stereo saai lewendig uit daarvandaan, daar’s sangers wat daar sing… hulle werk al maande daaraan.

    Dis 2 dae lank, Saterdag 31 Augustus & Sondag 1 September, so vandag is die laaste klomp rush goed.

    Ek moet juis nou gou soontoe neuk om vir hulle ‘n klein 3G Netwerk te gaan opstel en ook om 1 Skerm vir hulle te vat.

  • 32

    @ Bullscot:
    #28 sorry that should have been 9 minutes into 2nd half score

  • 33

    48/5 to Blue Bulls u19 about 6 min left

  • 34

    33 @ Bullscot:
    BS, Are you getting the Bulls u19 game there in Scotland? Or watching it online bud?

  • 35

    U19s Final Score: Blue Bulls 48/12 Leopards. Good win but what will be of concern to the Blue Bulls is some injuries and the fact that quite a few of their tries were not converted.

  • 36

    34 @ Puma:
    Hi Puma, no not watching it, was just following it online in between doing the school run as well. Time to get busy here cheers for now.

  • 37

    36 @ Bullscot:
    Cheers BS,

    I am packing up here in my study as well. Been at it here since 6am this morning.

    Cheers bud. Catch up tomorrow.


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