David Bulbring

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David Bulbring
Full name David James Bulbring
Date of birth (1989-09-12) 12 September 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 113 kg (249 lb; 17 st 11 lb)
School Alexander Road High School
University University of Johannesburg
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Scarlets
Youth career
2007 Eastern Province Kings
2008–2010 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010 UJ 3 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2011 Golden Lions 26 (20)
2010–2011 Lions 3 (0)
2012–2013 Eastern Province Kings 24 (5)
2013 Southern Kings 18 (0)
2013–2014 Blue Bulls 15 (15)
2014–2015 Eastern Province Kings 13 (0)
2016–present Scarlets 20 (0)
Correct as of 8 March 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 South Africa Under-20 5 (0)
2012 South African Barbarians (South) 1 (0)
Correct as of 21 February 2013

David James Bulbring (born 12 September 1989) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with Welsh Pro14 side Scarlets.[1]


Youth and Lions

He was born in Port Elizabeth and represented Eastern Province at the 2007 Under 18 Craven Week. He then joined the Golden Lions, making his debut for the team in the 2009 Vodacom Cup, which resulted in him being called up to the South Africa national under-20 rugby union team for the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.[2]

In 2010, he represented both UJ in the Varsity Cup and Golden Lions in the 2010 Vodacom Cup, culminating a call-up to the Lions Super Rugby team, representing them in their final Super Rugby game of the season against the Cheetahs.[3] He then played for the Golden Lions in the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division[4]

He was Golden Lions captain for the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition and made two further Super Rugby appearances. He was then part of the squad that won the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division.


In 2012, he moved to the Eastern Province Kings. He made seven appearances for them in the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition, as well as one against a South African Students side.[5] He started all fourteen matches in the 2012 Currie Cup First Division season, as well as both matches in the promotion/relegation matches against the Free State Cheetahs.

He was named in the Southern Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[6] He made his debut in the Kings' historic first ever match against the Western Force,[7] helping them to a 22–10 victory. He played in all sixteen matches during the season (being one of only three players to do so, Bandise Maku and Shaun Venter being the other two), as well as both the 2013 Super Rugby promotion/relegation matches against the Lions, making a total of thirteen starts and five substitute appearances.


After the 2013 Super Rugby season, he joined the Blue Bulls, signing a contract at the team until October 2016.[8]

Return to the Kings

After a year at the Blue Bulls, it was announced that he rejoined the Eastern Province Kings prior to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season[9] on a deal that would see him remain at the Port Elizabeth-based side until the end of 2016.[10]


In February 2016, he joined Welsh Pro12 side Scarlets on a long-term deal until the summer of 2019.[11]

Representative rugby

He was a member of the South Africa Under-20 team that played at the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship. He was named in a South African Barbarians (South) team that faced England during the 2012 mid-year rugby test series.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – David Bulbring". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "2009 IRB Junior World Championships Semi-finals". irb.com. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Cheetahs 59-10 Auto & General Lions". South African Rugby Union. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Bulbring roars with Lions". varsitycup.co.za. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ "EP Kings team to play SA Students". Eastern Province Kings. 18 June 2012. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Southern Kings : 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Southern Kings 22-10 Force". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Bulls confirm Kings 'clean out'". Rugby365. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Bulle-breier kan kies uit oorvloed" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  10. ^ "OP bekommerd oor oud-Cheetah". Beeld. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  11. ^ "South African lock Bulbring joins Scarlets" (Press release). Scarlets. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
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