Rumours are doing the rounds in rugby circles that lawyers are looking for loopholes to help Bakkies Botha sidestep his commitments to the Blue Bulls Company.
Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Toulon’s sudden somersault this week, apparently aimed at making an end to speculation about Botha’s immediate future, could be part of a strategy that the administrators in Pretoria are unlikely to fall for.
Toulon issued a statement earlier this week to deny reports that Botha was joining the French second-division club.
An unidentified spokesperson has blamed “incorrect information” for a statement on the club’s own website in which the club’s chairperson, Mourad Boudjellal, was extensively quoted about a contract between the Springbok lock and the club.
How and why the “incorrect” information happened to be published on the website and dispatched as the truth to the rest of the world has not been explained.
Unlikely Blue Bulls will swallow story
When Toulon changed their story from Botha being the club’s latest acquisition to one that he would never play for the club, the original statement, still with the “incorrect information,” had not been removed from the website.
It is unlikely that the Blue Bulls will swallow the latest version of the saga. It seems the really big storm is still brewing.
The “Botha camp” have, according to the latest rumours, referred his contract with the Bulls to legal experts to look for loopholes that may make it possible for him to bypass his commitments.
Toulon and a top English club are allegedly interested in signing Botha if any loopholes are found.Tweet