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Top Cheetahs turn down other SA offers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs on 7 May 2008 at 23:19

Free State Rugby Union administrators had something to smile about on Wednesday when two Springboks declined offers from other unions and signed two-year contracts with their present employers.

By signing the documents, World Cup star flanker Juan Smith and prop forward Wian du Preez provided the Cheetahs with probably the best news they had received all year.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that it had been rumoured that Western Province and the Sharks were among the big unions who were willing to pay considerable amounts for the two.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said several other players were expected to sign new contracts during the next few days.

Drotské was delighted with the news about Smith and Du Preez. Their decision should make a notable difference to the Cheetahs’ search for continued Currie Cup success and better Super 14 results next season.

“This is a big plus for Free State rugby,” Drotské said. “It gives the younger players confidence to know these two are staying.”

The offers from other unions were said to be considerable but Smith and Du Preez elected to remain in Bloemfontein.

Smith’s decision is also good news for Springbok rugby, especially with the British and Irish Lions coming to South Africa next year, because some overseas clubs would have paid handsomely to sign him on.

Tough negotiating ahead

Du Preez is highly rated and a candidate to play for the Springboks this year.

There may be some tough negotiating ahead, though, because other players have not yet made a final decision.

Lock forward Rory Duncan will probably decide during the next week. He has been given time to choose between going abroad or remaining in South Africa.

Some SA unions and overseas clubs still have Cheetahs players in their sights.

Richardt Strauss, Darron Nell, Barend Pieterse, Duanne Vermeulen and CJ van der Linde are among those whose names have been mentioned.

Springbok loose forward Kabamba Floors’s future has not been finalised and scrumhalf Falie Oelschig may also weigh his options after being booed by Cheetahs fans earlier this season.


  • We would do well with Duanne Vermeulen and Rory Duncan in Durban

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.08 23:21:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Well done, I know here in NZ they are complaining about the Highlanders Blooding players in the Super14 for other franchises to snap up these players the next year so they basically start of with fresh meat year in and out. Some are saying that maybe the smaller unions should be able to sign up these youngsters for 5 years creating continuity. Not much help if your player is Bakkies Botha. He and Habana played the “raise my salary or I am going to the Sharks” a year our 2 ago so the Bulls played the game. Now he wants out, he should have to buy himself out so the Bulls can pay to replace him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.08 02:40:10 by Dynamite Reply
    DynamiteVodacom Cup player
  • How many are leaving? How many Springboks have they bought from elsewhere?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.08 08:04:36 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • I take it no word on the Shark’s team yet?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.08 11:15:26 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • no – I am searching like a mofo

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.08 11:26:09 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • mofo’s search madly?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.08 11:28:45 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • me thinks we need an inforcing lock like barend pieterse to be able to put this johan ackerman story to bed once and for all (no disrespect intended)

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.08 11:29:33 by classic Reply

    RUGGA BUGGAUnder 19 player
  • mofo’s do indeed ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.08 11:46:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rory Duncan is the one we need, IMO.

    Although I still maintain that Sykes has what it takes. We just need him to stop getting injured so often.

    Blignaut is another guy who needs to turn himself into a specialist number 4.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.08 11:47:47 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Blignault is not up to the job as a flanker or lock. Just not good enough!
    And we had Rory Duncan and let him go…so our own fault there!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.08 12:37:24 by Villie Reply
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    VillieCurrie Cup player
  • Blignaut is good enough to play lock, I think… just needs to SPECIALISE. Gee, now where have I heard that before?

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.08 12:52:57 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • rob what is your local club in the uk?

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.08 13:10:43 by classic Reply

    RUGGA BUGGAUnder 19 player
  • Sevenoaks Rugby Club. They’re not very good.

    Classic, I need you to mail me a contact number, please

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.05.08 13:11:38 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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