Two top South African centers have made differing decision on their career paths during the last week.
Bradley Barrit, rated by some as one of the best centers in the Sharks outfit, will be joining Saracens in England and could qualify for England in the next few months.
According to a report in Rapport Barrit’s mother has a British passport and this could help Barrit qualify to play for England.
The news is a blow to South African Rugby and the Sharks, in particular, will feel disappointed at losing the services of their mid-field General.
Barrit should feel right at home at Saracens, with them boasting no fewer than four Ex-Springboks in Cobus Visagie, Neil De Kock, Brent Russel and soon Wikus Van Heerden.
Barrit and Van heerden will both be Joining Saracens at the conclusion of this season’s Currie cup competition.
According to reports Barrit already tried to make the Scotland u/19 squad in 2004, by travelling over to play in their trials, when he was not selected for the SA u/19 squad to play in the age group World Cup that year. His chances of selection were cut short through injury though.
Jaque Fourie has meanwhile turned down an offer of more than ZAR 1,000,000-00 from WP to join them next season.
Fourie says in Rapport that he is flattered to hear that unions are prepared to pay that sort of money for his services.
He carried on by saying: I heard from my agent about the amount, but can tell you now that I am going nowhere. My contract with the Lions only expires in 2009 and until then I will fulfill my commitments to them”
He did add though, “What happens after that will have to be seen.”
“I understand WP are prepared to pay a lot of money for me to play for them next season, but I am staying with the Lions, especially because I have not played a lot of rugby for them this year” said FourieTweet