Boland Cavaliers’ lock Coenie Basson became the next star player from the ‘minnow’ Currie Cup side to be drawn by a more lucrative overseas club contract.
Not long after Boland No. 8 Francois Prinsloo decided to take up a contract with New Zealand rugby club Taranaki, comes the news that Basson will be leaving for Bourgoin-Jallieu in France in the
Basson will play his last match for the Cavaliers in the Currie Cup match against Griquas at Wellington on Friday.
The second setback within a week is not making coach Deon Davids a happy man as he is unable to keep his top players.
“It is all about money. If only we had a sponsor, I could probably have kept my players,” Davids said to Rugby365.
Quality locks are scarce in Boland and, therefore, Basson will be difficult to replace.
He is an honest grinder and stand-in captain. He took over the captaincy role against the Sharks when centre Piet van Zyl was yellow-carded.
It is not known whether Davids will consider moving Dries van Schalkwyk back to lock as he fitted in well at No. 8 against the Falcons and the Sharks.
The departure of Prinsloo and Basson comes at a bad time – with the Cavaliers are starting to show a marked improvement in form from last season.Tweet