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WP lose another to Toulon


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, WP on 10 Jul 2008 at 07:50
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The Western Province player exodus to France gained momentum on Wednesday with the news that promising lock Francois van der Merwe has signed up for Tana Umaga’s French Top 14 outfit RC Toulon.

SAPA reports that just over a week ago the bustling WP hooker Tiaan Liebenberg also succumbed to the lure of the Euro and was granted an early release from his contract, and also Toulon-bound.

Coetzee would not say much about the players’ movements to Europe, and referred questions to WP head coach Rassie Erasmus who is responsible for hiring and firing of players at the Newlands-based union.

“Francois [Van der Merwe] is not with us any longer,” said Coetzee. “He’s off to Toulon and will join the club with immediate effect.

“We are now in the silly season and there will be plenty of player movements because of the window period [in European rugby]. It’s a reality.”

In the wake of Schalk Brits’ unexpected call-up to the Springboks Liebenberg, who has just recovered from a knee ligament injury, would have been a brilliant replacement.

There were times in the Super 14 season when Liebenberg kept Brits out of the Stormers’ starting XV.

Van der Merwe, who is the son of the former Springbok prop Flippie van der Merwe, has never really cracked the big time in Cape Town and since the start of the Currie Cup season he always played off the bench.

However, he’s never let the side down and always proved his worth as a back-up player.

With Andries Bekker away with the Springboks, Van der Merwe had to compete with WP vice-captain Ross Skeate and Adriaan Fondse for a second-row berth in the Currie Cup team.

There has also been speculation that WP centre Dylan des Fountain and Skeate are on their way to Europe later this year but Coetzee said he was not aware of such moves.

“Speak to Erasmus. He’s the one that decides on player contracts,” said Coetzee.

“Dylan is still contracted to WP and he hasn’t spoken about moving so we’ll try to get him fit again, and back in action.”

Erasmus has said that there are far too many players under contract at WP and that he was trying to reduce that number.

Des Fountain suffered a grade one hamstring tear at training on Tuesday and is likely to be out for two weeks.

“The time out won’t be good for Dylan’s confidence and it’s a setback for his growth as a player,” said Coetzee.

“The doctors have not been able to establish the reason for the soft tissue damage but it may have something to do with the wet yielding conditions in Cape Town.

“We want to ensure that he’s heals well so that we don’t create a chronic effect.”



29 Comments

  • Can’t believe we didn’t use him more, I honestly don’t rate Skeate that much, he’s been poor lately, the whole currie cup so far in fact.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.08 08:11:13 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 1) : I wonder if his brother will follow

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.07.08 08:26:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I get the feeling that Rassie is making space for some up country acquisitions.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.07.08 09:03:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • If quoted correctly, I also get the feeling that all is not well between Coetzee and Erasmus.
    ““Speak to Erasmus. He’s the one that decides on player contracts,” said Coetzee.”
    seems very terse.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.07.08 09:08:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : yeah – maybe AC just doesn’t express himself very well, though…

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.07.08 09:28:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • #5

    Another Peter De Villiers??? :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.07.08 11:10:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.07.08 11:12:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    Maybe rob but Ive read other interviews where he talks about “Rassie”, never just Erasmus. Ihwouldnt be surprised if he isnt just a little pissed off with Rassie for maybe not doing more to keep his (AC’s) players untill at least the end of the CC. AC’s priority is to win the Currie Cup and he doesnt need to hear about half of his squad being whittled away as the season progresses. He is going to be judged on this CC and needs support to be successful.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.07.08 12:13:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : so I wonder how well Plum and Rudi get on… ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.07.08 12:14:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    I think they have a good working relationship. Plum has been around and in the system for long enough to know exactly what Rudi’s style is and if he had any misgivings he would’nt have taken the job.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.07.08 12:52:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : so no need for me to start yet another conspiracy, in other words? ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.07.08 13:03:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Proooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!! :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.07.08 14:39:36 by H.O. Reply

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  • @H.O. (Comment 12) : Go Griquas!!! ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.07.08 14:47:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Valke!!! :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.07.08 15:06:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) : they’re gonna need more help than that

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.07.08 15:07:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    rob if you sniff a conspiracy anywhere then you have to go for it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.07.08 15:08:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : I just can’t get over the feeling that you know a lot more than you let on ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.07.08 15:18:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry rob I know nothing, ‘stroees.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.07.08 15:50:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : s’ok… I believe you :)

    Man, FS are stuffing our boytjies 18-0 at the moment

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.07.08 15:53:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :
    The A team is meant to be stronger than the B team.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.07.08 16:28:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : good point. Sounds like our right wing can’t kick for shit either

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.07.08 16:30:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Where are you getting your game info from?

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.07.08 16:37:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : http://www.sarugby.net.

    it’s now 23-5.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.07.08 16:43:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.07.08 16:52:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • and that’s the final score… a little disappointing, but Free State (I mean Grey Kollege) are always strong

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.07.08 16:54:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have been impressed so far with AC’s head coaching ability. He seems to be getting the very best out of a very depleted squad with Bok call ups and players going to Europe. I realize the season is early but so far he has impressed me.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.07.08 17:13:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : I agree. A very underrated coach

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.07.08 17:38:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Who is this player?

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.07.08 19:06:28 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 28) : He’s a lock. Not a very good one, to be honest

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.07.08 19:29:09 by robdylan Reply
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