Reports indicate that Sharks tighthead BJ Botha is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a lucrative deal that will see him swap the sunny shores of KZN for the green hills of Northern Ireland.
An article on Keo seems to confirm a rumour that has been doing the rounds in certain other places for a while now; Botha will leave the Sharks at the end of the Super 14 to join Ulster. The supposition is that the presence of Jannie du Plessis at the Sharks threatens BJ’s game time in a way that he isn’t prepared to accept. The other side of the coin is that Botha probably just wants to earn a few Euro for a while, considering how highly rated he is around the world.
So, I for one will believe that this had happened when BJ actually climbs on to the plane; after all, we know what agents are like. Still, should he leave it would be a blow for the Sharks, although not quite the death knell that some would have you believe. Pat Cilliers is already showing signs of being a legend in the making, while Robbie Harris is a more than capable understudy to du Plessis as well.
And then, of course, there are the persistent rumours about CJ van der Linde moving to Durban as well.Tweet