Players are moving all over the show, as is the norm for this time of year.
It seems the most popular departure point is Western Province, with Ross Skeate just the latest player to confirm a move to Toulon. There seem to be some serious wires crossed somewhere, though. The Toulon website lists the sideburned softie as a 21-year-old, which is definitely stretching the truth somewhat. There is also no mention of Skeate’s teammate Francois van der Merwe, who was also meant to be on his way to Toulon. The latter’s name is not in Toulon’s squad for 2008-09, but is definitely not with WP any more either. Perhaps he fell down a rabbit hole?
Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has also joined Toulon.
It seems the WP fringe players are getting frustrated with the lack of game time they’re receiving. We know that Isma-eel Dollie has packed his backs for the winelands (yet again) and was heard to mutter something about “bloody de Waal” while departing Newlands. Another flyhalf, Ricardo Croy, has been sent to SWD on loan, a sure sign that Naas Olivier cannot be far from selection to the WP matchday 22. Flying winger Zhahier Rhyland is seemingly also on his way. “Kakkerlakkie”, as he is affectionately known, will play out the rest of the season with the Valke, after being released on a loan deal.
The continued absence of Fijian herb king Sireli Naqelevuki (as well as persistent rumours linking Dylan des Fountain to France) seem to indicate that Wylie Human will find himself in the hooped number 11 jersey for the foreseeable future.
In other news, Big Joe is also off to Toulon. Not much of a thank you to the Lions team that threw him a lifeline when nobody else would touch him with a bargepole. I guess, as always, we can blame his so-called agent (and mother) Cathy for showing, once again, that her materialism and ruthlessness knows few bounds. Apparently, her latest crusade is against WP coach Alistair Coetzee for alerting Paul Delport (another of her clients) that he has been dropped, via SMS. Wake up, Cathy! It’s the 21st century and far worse news than that is regularly conveyed by text messages.
In a bit of good news, it seems that the rumours linking Duanne Vermeulen to WP are again picking up, so perhaps they might end up with a proper replacement for old, slow AJ after all. Cheetahs prop Ronnie Uys looks set to leave Bloemfontein himself, with an unnamed French club the likely recipient of his services.Tweet