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To stay or not to stay in South Africa… that is the question


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 27 Feb 2008 at 14:07

Dale Granger reports that Stormers star Schalk Burger, already the highest earning rugby player in South Africa, has been approached by French and English clubs Toulon and Harlequins with offers of €650 000 (around R7-million)and £450 000 (around R6-million) respectively to sign for the European clubs.

The deal is about three times what Burger has been earning from his Springbok and Western Province contracts.

However, with endorsements and sponsorships, the World Cup winning Springbok is believed to be banking between R5-6-million a year.

The offer from cash flush Toulon is significantly higher than the €350 000 they have reportedly offered Burger’s World Cup winning teammate, Springbok lock Bakkies Botha, who has signed a five year contract with the Bulls, who are sticking to their guns that he will remain on the books at Loftus.

And it’s unlikely that Burger, who has always said he wants to stay in South Africa, will change his mind.

Stormers managing director Rob Wagner said on Tuesday that Burger still had two-years to run on his contract with the union and they were confident of retaining the star No6.

“Schalk has always said he wants to stay in South Africa where he is a huge asset,” said Wagner.

Sharks managing director Brian van Zyl was not surprised that Toulon and Harlequins had put such huge offers on the table.

“There is not a team in South Africa who would not love having Schalk. The only question is who can afford him? At this stage probably only the Bulls,” said Van Zyl.

“But if he was ever to go overseas, I would imagine that his choice would be Saracens (the English Premiership club recently bought by SA business magnate Johann Rupert).”



31 Comments

  • And here’s me reading elsewhere that it is that Sharks players that are being approached by all and sundry.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.08 14:09:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Saracens can do with someone who tackles! Watched them on the weekend and the defence was shocking.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.08 14:15:32 by Nessa Reply
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  • well Richard Hill is retiring at the end of the season…

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.08 14:17:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Nessa

    Doesnt Russell play for Sarries?

    No wonder their defence is suspect.

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.08 14:18:23 by wpw Reply
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  • jinne maar die mense oppie blog is skerp vandag!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.08 14:19:43 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • wpw – watch out!!! Now you don’t want to mess with my boy Brent. You will ruin a friendship before it has even started. :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.08 14:21:17 by Nessa Reply

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  • :shock: :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.08 14:24:29 by wpw Reply
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  • Ja!!!!!!!!!

    this is not your average Sharks Tannie. She is from Gangsta’s paradise she will get you sorted in no time flat. :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.08 14:28:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yup – the picture along with my post is not actually mine. I am actually 95 in the shade! But don’t underestimate me.

    My daughter takes me with her to pop concerts to sort out the people who are pushing her into the rails – need I say more? :grin:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.08 14:29:56 by Nessa Reply

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  • I need to watch out. This is after all NessasWorld isnt it???

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.08 14:33:54 by wpw Reply
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  • KSA – you should be more discerning about what you read, boet ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.08 14:35:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • :lol: Nessa

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.08 14:35:33 by wpw Reply
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  • Yup – I have taken out a 51% shareholding. So beware!

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.08 14:35:46 by Nessa Reply

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  • nice to see you here, Wes ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.08 14:35:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry Ness… I ain’t ever selling more than 49 ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.02.08 14:36:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – now don’t spoil my cover. Wes won’t be here for much longer!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.02.08 14:38:24 by Nessa Reply

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  • While we are on the subject of Brent – I must tell you we had a golf day a few years back (a Sharks golf day). They gave us memorabilia to auction off after the golf to raise money for charity. Needless to say, this beautiful framed glass picture was there with 2 big pictures of Brent either side in his Bok jersey and in the middle one of his rugby boots. Much to my daughter’s embarrassment I bid on this picture until – you guessed – it was mine. As I have no pub in my house in which to hang it – it is still in its plastic. So I need to buy a new house so that I can one day hang my Brent picture that I paid so much money for.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.08 14:40:41 by Nessa Reply

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  • I have an autographed 06 Sharks Super 14 jersey… also no frame and nowhere to hang it :(

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.08 14:41:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA – you should be more discerning about what you read, boet

    27.02.08 14:35:28 – robdylan Edit

    I am reading “Warfare by other means” at the moment, thought it was about how to deal with marraige, turns out its all about the CCB and their tatctics during the aparheid era. :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.08 14:42:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have an autographed 06 Sharks Super 14 jersey… also no frame and nowhere to hang it

    27.02.08 14:41:27 – robdylan Edit

    I have an 07 one so wheeeeee. :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.02.08 14:43:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have erased the 07 Super 14 from my memory ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.02.08 14:44:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Okay – so as not to be outdone – I will bet an 08 one! :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.02.08 14:44:51 by Nessa Reply

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  • Money apart, I really dont see the allure of playing for Toulon in the French second division.

    For the kiwis, who dont benefit from the kolpak agreement, I kind of understand it.

    But for one of the best players in the world I really dont see it.
    They could get marginally less money, or perhaps even the same, from top clubs.

    How do you go spend a year playing second grade rugby, with no inter-club internationals like s14 or HEC, and then return the next year expecting to be able to mix it with the best.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.02.08 14:45:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Yup RD – we don’t want that jersey!

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.02.08 14:46:06 by Nessa Reply

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  • Vin – I think they have agreed to play “Die Blou Bul” before each game and at half time…

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.02.08 14:50:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ness – do you have one of the new ones? I am itching, but can’t justify £50 for a rugby jersey right now.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.02.08 14:50:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – no, will wait until I go down to the Shark Cage before I get one. The ones in Jhb are not the genuine ones. Also, the tank sells the ladies shirts and they are quite a bit cheaper.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.02.08 14:56:30 by Nessa Reply

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  • oh? Cool… when are you next going down?

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.02.08 14:57:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t know – my daughter works on Saturdays now and it is seriously messing with our rugby trips. There is no way we can go without her – she will never forgive us. We will have to see when she can take a day off so that we can go down for the weekend.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.02.08 15:02:10 by Nessa Reply

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  • Speaking of jerseys: has anyone taken a look at the new S14 jersey on sale in the stores? Has anyone found a proper replica?

    The ones I saw at Mr Price Sports were so totally not the same as the real S14 jersey the players wear, yet they still want R550 for it!

    I wouldn’t mind replacing my S14 jersey which is a few years old now, but I’m not going to spend stupid money on a jersey that’s not even a proper replica (oxymoron). :p

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.02.08 15:29:14 by Waz Reply

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  • I was really hoping to go down for the Reds game… I’ll be in Joburg at the time, but I doubt I’ll fit it in :(

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.02.08 15:35:52 by robdylan Reply
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