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Now it looks like Vic WILL be back


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 30 Apr 2008 at 09:55
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Chances are “very good” that Springbok lock forward Victor Matfield will return to the Blue Bulls soon

Matfield said from France on Tuesday he was delighted with developments during the past few days, according to Morris Gilbert on News24.com.

“I’ll announce on Wednesday whether I’ll continue my career with the Saints or with the Bulls but chances are very good that I’ll return to Pretoria,” the rugby World Cup star said.

Speaking from Toulon, he said he would return to South Africa for less money than he would earn abroad if he could be sure of the same security offered by the English club Northampton Saints.

All that seems to stand between Matfield and a reunion with the Bulls and SA rugby is the matter of a Springbok contract.

A contract with SA Rugby, added to that of the Blue Bulls, could provide Matfield with the same security as a three-year contract with Saints.

Matfield was unwilling to say how much the Blue Bulls had offered him but it will certainly be less that the 375 000 pounds (approximately R5.63m) that Northampton has been reported as offering.

It was learnt earlier on Tuesday that a private company had made available about R1.8m over the next three years as part of the revised remuneration package with which the Blue Bulls Company wanted to lure the Springbok lock back to Pretoria.

The new Blue Bulls offer is said to amount to no less than R3m per year. This includes Matfield’s potential income from his involvement with the Springboks.

The World Cup star had indicated earlier that he would be willing to turn his back on offers from, among others, Toulon in France and Northampton in England, if the Blue Bulls’ offer provided “sufficient financial peace of mind”.

It has been said that the Blue Bulls Company’s new offer entails a three-year contract, which will be amended annually according to the value of the rand.

Matfield is unlikely to be offered a Springbok contract immediately but it is an open secret that SA Rugby and the Blue Bulls are “partners” in the new offer.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has indicated that Matfield will be invited to the national team’s first training camp of the year. It will be held at Stellenbosch and is scheduled to start on May 18.

Players earn money every time they are included in a squad for a series of Test matches.

If Matfield is selected for the Springbok squad for the home Tests against Wales and Italy, the Tri-Nations series and the proposed Grand Slam tour of the UK at the end of the year, his income from that source may run to about R500 000.

He will be paid extra every time he is selected for the final squad of 22 for any Test match. Players are also paid a bonus for every Test victory. This is said to come to about R80 000 per match.

These bonuses vary because players earn more for winning, say, a Tri-Nations Test than for beating Italy.

The Blue Bulls Company’s contribution to the revised offer is said to amount to between R1.3m and R1.5m annually.



36 Comments

  • which will be amended annually according to the value of the rand.

    I want Big Vic with me at my next salary negotiation. This is unheard of. A Rand-hedged salary in SA!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.08 09:57:02 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • My months salary is what Vic keeps laying around in his ashtray :cry:

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.08 10:10:07 by Clayton Reply
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  • More like what he pays his gardener in a day. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.08 10:16:53 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • In fairness I see nothing worng with this.
    Vic is the best i the world at what he does. Amongst all rugby players worldwide he is easily in the top 10, if not the top 5.

    Why then should he not get top dollar?
    If you were in the top 10 lawyers, accountants, traders, doctors, actors, football players, in fact pretty much any career you coudl think of, you’d be gettign more than that. Much much much more.

    I bet even Patricia Lewis makes more than that.

    That’s not to scoff at the rest of us earning “normal” salaries but the point stands – if you’re the very best at what you do for a living you should expect to earn a shedload of money.
    Take away the fact that we’re talking a seven figure sum several times over – he’s still the best.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.08 11:10:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • And unlike ‘normal’ jobs, he only has a limited shelf life. He might as well cash in.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.08 11:18:24 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Strange, because just yesterday SARU said they could not be seen as a partner in offering contract with unions, it will set a dangerous precedent…

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.08 11:29:01 by MorneN Reply
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  • That the lightie in your pic Morne?
    Bloody hell I didnt even know he was big enough to lift his arms yet!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.08 11:29:58 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Vinnie they have tied the ligties arms to the Hat.

    Something about wanting to throw it off all the time and put that one with the cool Sharks logo on or something. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.08 11:31:52 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I’ve heard about problem children like that KSA.

    Best to bend the bend the the twig when it’s still green…

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.08 11:48:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Haha,

    Yeah Vin it is, he is over 1 year old already mate and has got his full Stormers kit!

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.08 11:50:02 by MorneN Reply
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  • It is not like he has a choice in the matter anycase…

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.08 11:50:34 by MorneN Reply
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  • :grin: :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.08 12:08:31 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • How’s Slaapstad treating you buddy?

    Good to be back?

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.08 12:17:31 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Its bliss mate! Loving it – even driving in traffic is cool because of the beatiful surroundings while driving on the M3.

    It helps of course that I stay in Simonstown on the sea and have a beatiful view of Table Mountain (from Blouberg) from my office at which 4 o’clock is beer o’clock

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.08 12:42:59 by MorneN Reply
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  • I hate flu

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.08 12:47:11 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Not once stopping at the halfway mark in Diep River for another beer, bad form Morne, bad form. :evil:

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.08 12:48:26 by Clayton Reply
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  • You know how far Diep River is from the M3!!! :lol:

    Mind you does that Tavern still exist in the area, the one on Main Road, the old False Bay Rugby club hang out?

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.08 13:11:25 by MorneN Reply
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  • please tell me you’re not talking about Peddlers on the Bend…

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.08 13:22:54 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Nope that is in Constantia mate

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.08 13:29:36 by MorneN Reply
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  • Frequented that place when I was still in school.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.08 13:29:59 by MorneN Reply
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  • I got so horribly pissed there one night… I shudder to think about it

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.08 13:32:26 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Peddlars rules!

    The tavern on the main road that was opposite grand bazaars?
    Still there dude

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.08 13:43:33 by Clayton Reply
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  • M3 is about 2 km from Diep River if you take the kendal road turn off

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.08 13:44:50 by Clayton Reply
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  • Yoh, you just mention Peddlars and my boss calls to say drinks at Peddlars at 3 :shock:

    Good times :grin: because the dop of last night is starting to wear off.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.08 13:45:46 by Clayton Reply
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  • Wonder is it is fiscally worth it for the Bulls to try and keep him… rather try and unearth the next MAtfield with the money and keep the youngsters…

    Hedging wages against the Rand… with agri-prices about to skyrocket even more, and the smart money pulling out of RSA resource coys… I wouldn’t be game…

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.08 13:48:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Lets make a time for a dop then, Wednesday next week

    Can do Peddlars but only about 6-ish.

    Or we can meet up at False Bay

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.04.08 13:56:40 by MorneN Reply
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  • I was thinking we can hooks up at False Bay, they’ve got a decent vibe going on for home fixtures.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.04.08 14:05:46 by Clayton Reply
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  • Ill get Fish involved

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.04.08 14:07:18 by Clayton Reply
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  • I also have no problem with his salary. Put yourself in his position, you would want to maximise your income while you could. Professional rugby is a relatively short career so he needs to take advantage while he can.
    R3 million a year for 3 years should provide him with decent financial security for his family.

    As for being amended based on the value of the rand, that is fair enough too…..especially as the rand is so volatile and he would be accepting the SA offer instead of taking the Pounds.

    Don’t the Sharks pay Kees Lensing something like a million bucks a year? And he has hardly played for us! :shock: :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.04.08 14:21:50 by Villie Reply
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  • You still got my number?

    Next week Wednesday is cool for me, let me know, or just pop me a mail

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.04.08 14:49:44 by MorneN Reply
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  • Still got it?
    Ive never had it

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.04.08 14:54:57 by Clayton Reply
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  • Kak man we exchanged it on mail the one time!

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.04.08 15:06:37 by MorneN Reply
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  • Only difference is, I lost all my old mail when we moved.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.04.08 15:06:55 by MorneN Reply
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  • Nah everyone sent you theirs and you kept your like a trade secret :smile: I just sent you mail again

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.04.08 15:12:48 by Clayton Reply
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  • Oh ja, I was bang for the swart gevaar!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.04.08 15:14:24 by MorneN Reply
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  • Anycase, keep Wednesday open. We organise something then.

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.04.08 15:14:48 by MorneN Reply
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