Springbok prop CJ van der Linde is still undecided about accepting offers from overseas clubs who want him to play in Europe at the end of the year.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Irish club Leinster, where former Springbok Ollie le Roux has been playing this year, is one of those that have made Van der Linde an offer.
However, the big prop has not made up his mind.
Leinster’s coach, Michael Cheika, is still awaiting confirmation from the Irish Rugby Union that yet another Springbok prop, BJ Botha, will be able to join the club.
The Belfast Telegraph has also reported that Stormers loose forward Robbie Diack may turn out for Leinster soon.
Van der Linde and lock forward Rory Duncan are among the Cheetahs who may be considering a move abroad.
And Western Province officials are said to be keen to sign on young Free State No 8 Duanne Vermeulen.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drostké will be particularly eager to retain the services of young players such as Vermeulen while the Free Staters try to rebuild their side after losing several stars last year.
Hennie Brandt reports from Johannesburg that Lions and Springbok loose forward Joe van Niekerk will also take his time before he makes any decisions about his career.
First prize for Big Joe will be to get back into the Springbok team and to stay there. But if he fails, he may look at possibilities abroad.
Van Niekerk, who returned to the Lions this season after an unproductive time in the Western Cape, has been in outstanding form in the Super 14 competition.
His performances earned him a place in Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’s national training squad.
Van Niekerk, who has played in 46 Test matches, has not been part of a Springbok team since 2006.
His mother Cathy, who is also his agent, said on Tuesday Van Niekerk had not made any decision regarding his future.
Lions coach Eugene Eloff convinced Van Niekerk to play Super 14 rugby for the Lions this season after the player had been plagued by injuries.
The two of them come a long way, because Eloff also coached Van Niekerk when he was still a member of the Lions’ Under-20 team.
Van Niekerk’s contract with the Lions runs to the end of October.
Manie Reyneke, chief executive of the Lions and the Golden Lions Rugby Union, said on Tuesday he and Eloff had spoken to Van Niekerk about extending his contract to the end of 2009.
“Joe will be away for two weeks. There should be finality when he returns,” Reyneke said.
“I am confident that he will stay with us. He is playing good rugby again.”Tweet