Reports in the UK press today indicate that Bulls flanker Wikus van Heerden has signed for Saracens.
Bok flanker van Heerden, son of lock Moaner and nephew of the former Sharks blinside flank (also Wikus) will join up with the Watford-based club in time for the new Northern Hemisphere season, which should kick off towards the end of the year. He will replace retiring England back rower Richard Hill.
The good news doesn’t stop there for Sarries fans, though, as a group of SA-based investors have announced an £8 Million cash injection, allowing Nigel Wray and his team to hunt the signatures of a number of top internationals, including that of Bok winger Bryan Habana. Habana has been in the news of late; he is roped up in the dodgy Bakkies Botha contract saga and one would imagine that if Botha should successfully get out of his long-term Bulls deal, Habana himself would shortly follow suit.
Flyin’ Bryan could no doubt demand a pay packet to rival the rumoured £375k a year that Victor Matfield has been offered by Northampton. The Brits are not shying away from the big numbers at the moment, with Nick Evans rumoured to have put pen to paper on a deal that will see him join Harlequins for £300k per annum.
The only thing that now remains to be seen is whether any European club will be desperate enough to pick up the services of Wynand Olivier, the other member of the “Bernie Habana club” who is involved in industrial action against the embattled Pretoria union.Tweet