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Butch repels Sharks with Bath signing

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 29 Sep 2008 at 16:15
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Springbok pivot Butch James has reportedly agreed terms on a new three-year contract with Bath, which will see the World Cup winner play out his rugby career with the Premiership club.

Rugby 365 reports that when James arrived back at Bath after international duty with the Boks earlier this month, the 29-year-old made it clear that he wanted to sort out his long-term future as soon as possible – with the Sharks waiting in the wings looking to lure him back to Super 14 rugby.

When those talks started, James asked for a three-year contract, while Bath had already stated that they wanted to secure James for the foreseeable future along with compatriot and halfback partner Michael Claassens – who has already signed up until the end of the 2009/10 season.

Bath have since offered the world-class No.10 a three-year deal, and it is understood that the outline agreement has already been reached on terms.

Final confirmation of the agreement is expected from both club and player before James joins up with South Africa for the Springboks’ Northern Hemisphere tour in November – with the flyhalf likely to hang up his Test boots after the British and Irish Lions tour to the Republic next year.

Meanwhile, James put his recent kicking woes behind him to knock over three penalties and two conversions against Worcester, helping to steer Bath to a 37-19 Premiership victory on Saturday.

The bonus-point win also lifted Steve Meehan’s men into second place on the Premiership table, one behind current leaders, Sale Sharks.

The 10,600 sell-out Rec crowd watched the home side run in two first-half tries in as many minutes from fullback Nick Abendanon and wing Joe Maddock to lead 20-9 at half-time.

Bath then scored three more second-half tries through replacement tighthead prop Duncan Bell, skipper Michael Lipman and centre Shaun Berne.

Worcester mustered a breakaway try from wing Chris Pennell, before Bath pulled away for a convincing victory.

“That has set us up for a real crack at Wasps on Wednesday night,” Bath head coach Steve Meehan told The Bath Chronicle.

“We’ll go up there and throw the kitchen sink at them after scoring five tries and putting in a performance which will have done much to boost confidence in the squad.”

Bath have no significant injuries to report, with Meehan expecting David Flatman and Matt Stevens (who went off the field on Saturday with respective niggles) to be fit to face the defending champions at Adams Park on Wednesday.


  • Not altogether unexpected.

    This is a bit of a no-brainer for James at this stage in his career with his knee problems.

    Bath is also a pretty cool place to live.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.08 18:02:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : It’s *STILL* in England! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.08 19:33:20 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • @klempie (Comment 2) : What’s wrong with England?

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.08 19:56:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : :shock: It’s England!

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.08 20:21:44 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • @klempie (Comment 4) : And you’re basing your assessment on having lived here for how long, exactly?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.08 20:30:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Two stints of 4 months each…over summer!

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.08 20:44:03 by klempie Reply

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  • Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.08 21:11:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

    This made him – (Oh, man, this is so bad, it’s good .)
    A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.08 21:12:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Butch was a great servant to the Sharks but its now time that we developed another local pivot.

    On a personal level, a 3 year contract is a great deal for Butch. Set up pretty much for life financially!

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.08 21:53:57 by Villie Reply
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  • Go for it Butchie – you are man enough to know when the twilight of your career is approaching, and I am sure you know well enough how fickle SA fans are – they will call for your head after a single poor performance anyway.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.08 22:23:41 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Funny man!! :mrgreen: I like.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.09.08 22:33:35 by Silver Fox Reply

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