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Bakkies? What on Earth?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 19 Feb 2008 at 06:00

Ok, hopefully I’m not the only one who is really confused about what’s going on here…

So, it all started with Bakkies Botha announcing that he wanted to pack his bags to go join his pal Big Vic in sunny France, courtesy of a nice fat offer from the boys at RC Toulonnais. Didn’t take long before the Bulls promptly extended the central digit in his direction, informing him, in no uncertain terms, that he was not at liberty to just walk out of his five-year contract less than two years after he’d signed it.

Making the matter more intriguing yet was the fact that all of this happened a mere two days after Bulls mentor and spurned Bok coaching candidate Heyneke Meyer announced that he was done with the game.

So, all done and dusted – a happy ending for SA Rugby and the Bulls, Heyneke joining Jake in the corporate world, far from the shenanigans at SARU HQ and the evil (and probably smelly) French raiders sent packing with their escargots firmly between their legs, or something to that effect. Probably not the result that one John Philip Botha was hoping for, but at the end of the day he would probably be all right, tucked safely into his extra long bed in his multi-million Rand Pretoria mansion, a framed portrait of Victor, his locks billowing in the breeze and his beard bristling, above the headboard. His teddy, Meneer Heyneke, would no doubt be snuggled in warmly with him, but I digress.

So imagine our surprise when our intrepid papsak-toting news hound, provincejoulekkading, uncovered this gem on the RC Tolounnais website. Once we’d scrabbled around and managed to find one of the faithful who was at least a little familiar with the language of garlic and onions, we pretty quickly cottoned on to the fact that, as far as the Frogs were concerned, this was a done deal. Bakkies Botha had in fact signed a contract to join them effective 26 April. This year. In 8 weeks time.

Wow… now, does he realise that, unlike friends, beers and T-shirts, it is actually possible to have too many professional rugby contracts? Because it seems to me that young John Botha is very rapidly going to discover the truth behind that old Biblical pearler which sayeth, “No man can serve two masters…” It’s Matthew 6:24, for those who want to check up on me.

Not surprisingly, the Bulls are saying very little, sticking to their statement of a week or so ago that Botha’s request to be released has been denied, that he remains a loyal and committed member of the squad, that no, they’re not completely sure exactly where he is at this moment, but they’re sure he’ll be back in action the week after next.

SARU, on the other hand, have come out with all guns blazing. Well, one gun, to be completely accurate: their manager of legal affairs, Christo Ferreira. Seems the Bulls (and Toulon) aren’t the only folk with whom Bakkies has a signed contract. He recently put pen to paper with the national body as well (does he even read these things?) and they are certainly going to insist on getting their pound (or 120kg and 2.02m) of flesh. SARU and the Bulls will not release Botha from either contract, meaning that any contract he has signed with the Frenchmen is essentially meaningless, as he may legally not play for them without these releases. If he has indeed signed this third contract, Toulon have just bought themselves the most expensive cheerleader in the history of professional sport.

So what is the point here? Surely both Botha and the boys in France must realise that it’s futile to carry on these negotiations given the current situation. So why the announcement on the website when there cannot (realistically) be any truth to the rumoured “signing”. And what of the continued rumours linking the erstwhile (I love that word) Bulls headman with Tana Umaga’s job at the same French club? Quite honestly, I’m just as perplexed as all of you.

Stay tuned, though, because I’m sure this soap opera will soon bring another thrilling installment. I wonder how long it will be before they start playing the theme to “Rustelose Jare” at Loftus? Perhaps Bob Marley’s “Exodus” would be more appropriate.



38 Comments

  • IMO his so called ankle injury was nothing else but a sham to give him time to wriggle out of his contract with the bulls. To be out for so long, the damn thing would have been broken! :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.08 06:38:46 by shark-tank Reply
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  • Would be interesting to know if he is attending the bulls practice sessions albeit on the sidelines :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.08 06:41:10 by shark-tank Reply
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  • Makes it even more interesting that Bakkies is in fact in Europe at the moment after being one of a few Boks accepting the Laureus Sports Team of the year 2007 award last night in St Petersburg…

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.08 08:55:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • bryce…do you know if he was on crutches :?: :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.08 09:13:07 by shark-tank Reply
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  • This whole story stinks to high heaven, if you ask me

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.08 09:56:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • A few things.

    Firstly, Christo Ferreira isnt worth a waiter’s salary. If you look at the amount of money SARU spends on legal fees and the amount they lose he simply isnt up to the task.
    So possibly a bit of room to wriggle, not because he’s in the right but simply because SARU couldnt defend an asshole in a shitstorm.

    Secondly, Bakkies’ agent is one Bernie Habana, who must surely not be giving his client sound advice.
    Who signs a five year contract these days? Was he mad?

    And lastly, Robdylan, what a cracking read. Highly entertaining and amusing and certainly a wonderful way to start the day.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.08 11:40:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • thanks Vin… glad you enjoyed it. I like taking the odd swipe at my buddies in blue…

    Hey, you know the story about that five-year deal, right?

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.08 11:46:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bakkies Botha had in fact signed a contract to join them effective 26 April. This year. In 8 weeks time.

    Eh, wasn’t it 26 febvier = 26 February?

    Tut tut, so that would be next week.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.08 13:43:17 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • was waiting for someone to pick that up… Whoops!

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.08 13:45:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • In line with Vinnies Opinion, does anyone know of any OTHER players who have 5 year contracts with their teams, I suspect the three from the Bulls who were negotiating with the Sharks a while back may be the only ones close to that.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.08 14:25:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • yeah – bet they feel kinda silly now.

    THANKS BERNIE!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.08 14:28:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • There are two schhols of thought to this story (Okay well “I” have two schools of thought, there may actually be more)

    1) Why try and keep a guy who doesn’t want to play for you and Vata Ngobeni and I have both said. Not as simple but it can sort of be compared to someone breaking up with their partner and their partner saying “F@K JOU” I don’t accept you breaking up with me.

    2) The Bulls have a contract with him and have every right to enforce it. Albeit at sub par performances from a player who doesn’t want to be there.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.08 14:43:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • On the SARU contract.

    if there was a clause in his contract that allowed him to be released for Bok matches then he wouldn’t be breaking THAT contract? not so?

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.08 14:44:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 14h44 – I agree. I think it’s just a case of SARU being bloody-minded and siding with the Bulls. There’s no technical reason why he shouldn’t be able to hold a national contract and still play for Toulon.

    Unless, of course, the national contract REQUIRES him to represent an SA team… like I said in the article, I doubt he’s even read the things :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.08 14:46:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • End of the day if he put pen to paper with Toulon on advice from his agent without getting legal opinion then his agent should be shot.

    As it stands if he has signed for Toulon and he doesnt end up going there they may be entitled to pursue him for remedy.

    I’d wait for an opinion from one of the legal eagles on this site before venturing a definite opinion on that though.

    Its pretty damned poor.

    As a matter of interest – how do they not just stop him resigning?
    Is it a case of there being a restraint of trade clause in his contract?

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.02.08 16:09:58 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Had no idea this was a biblical website, quoting scripture and all.
    Vincent, your contact info reads like a political manifesto.
    get your act right son.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.02.08 16:14:36 by cab Reply

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  • His agent is a shyster…

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.02.08 16:14:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • ol Bernie Habana seems to be a real trouble maker…

    Not going to be long before some teams don’t want to deal with him, although the fact that Brian is his son will always be a sweetener…

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.02.08 16:15:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Vincent, your contact info reads like a political manifesto.
    get your act right son.

    19.02.08 16:14:36 – cab

    Huh?

    Are you referring to the “about” bit?
    I didnt write that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.02.08 16:15:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • How did Bernie Habana make so much money? What is his background?

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.02.08 16:15:57 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • lol…just pulling your leg.
    hairtrigger vincenso.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.02.08 16:17:18 by cab Reply

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  • How did Bernie Habana make so much money?

    19.02.08 16:15:57 – Le Requinny Edit

    On his knees?

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.02.08 16:17:32 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • lol…just pulling your leg.
    hairtrigger vincenso.

    19.02.08 16:17:18 – cab Edit

    I know you could never be nasty cab…

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.02.08 16:18:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • oh dear… the Cabbage v Vinnie show… round 48

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.02.08 16:18:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nah cabbage is my mate.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.02.08 16:19:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • does that make you a bunny?

    God, that was weak… sorry guys!

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.02.08 16:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Heard Jake White has been outed as a love-cheat…

    Was thinking of posting the news article here but thought it in bad taste as it really has nothing to do with anybody else.

    The story did say he had three lovers plus his wife… bloody hell the boy is virile!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.02.08 16:20:40 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • i could, but only 1 or 2 circumstances that are unlikely to manifest on a blog.
    as for bakkies news, wtf is going on, this is not good for the Boks let alone the Bulle.
    Without Bakkies we are going to get pulverised in NZ.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.02.08 16:22:17 by cab Reply

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  • ja have read the reports about JW, but i will judge him on his rugby coaching alone. Look at Clinton, turned out to be the most popular president in US history after monica-gate.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.02.08 16:25:40 by cab Reply

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  • This whole thing stinks to high heaven, Cab… and none of it makes any sense

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.02.08 16:27:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very sad cab. But each unto his own.

    Maybe he’s gatvol of braaiing in the dark…

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.02.08 16:28:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Is quinny also here as Lareqinny? smaaklik.
    later, must do some work. very unusual. burger peak-hour.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.02.08 16:28:24 by cab Reply

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  • What clear as day is that he doesnt want to play for the bulls anymore.

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.02.08 16:31:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • haha, geddit cab?

    good to know there’s someone else around here thinking on a higher level :cool:

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.02.08 16:31:18 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • roberto,
    yeah it does, but believe in leaving the personal stuff out of it.
    the french are masters of that, they had a state predident mitteron who slept with hordes of tannies and the press only revealed/discovered he had an illegitemate daughter at his funeral. not absolving these actions, but its their personal business.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.02.08 16:31:36 by cab Reply

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  • look, revelations not really surprsing – JW’s leather jacket must go down a treat on the East Rand & when in Bellive (sorry Vinnie)… chicks dig real leather & not 3 tone imitation…

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.02.08 16:33:00 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Cab – I meant the Bakkies thing, not the Jake thing.

    I don’t care where he sticks his tottie, as long as it’s not anywhere near my wife.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.02.08 16:36:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • LOL..sorry gotcha, ja far more dissapointing about Bakkies.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.02.08 17:17:53 by cab Reply

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