Once again The Sharks and SA Rugby have shown the maturity expected of a professional sport by agreeing to release one of their veterans early, to join Ulster in Ireland.
Sharks Media Release
Brendon (BJ) Botha has served The Sharks with distinction and pride since 2001, winning 15 caps for the Springboks along the way. The release also impacts on the international team plans with SA Rugby more than willing to support The Sharks attempts to keep BJ in the country for the next two years. Despite this generous offer from both unions, BJ Botha made a tough call.
‘The decision has not been easy for either my family, or me, but with a baby on the way, my wife is not able to fly beyond a certain date in August and if we are to move, now is the time. We have taken the decision in the best interest of my career and most importantly, my family. My emotions on the subject are beyond question, but for me, my family is vitally important, and I would like the opportunity to experience playing at a high level in another environment” says BJ.
The Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl said that whilst he had served them well, The Sharks have a more than competent squad of front row players and extremely promising youngsters coming up through the ranks to fill the gap.Tweet