Delport Fights Back

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 21 Jan 2009 at 14:05
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Western Province reject Paul Delport has suffered more than his fair share of bad luck during his short professional career, but that could all change with the Springbok Sevens team. Simon Borchardt reports on sportsillustrated.co.za.

When the scrumhalf captained the Baby Boks to the U19 World Cup title in 2003 and represented SA U21 in 2004 and 2005, it appeared to be just a matter of time before he would get to wear the green and gold at Test level.

But with Bolla Conradie and Neil de Kock fighting for the WP and Stormers’ No 9 jerseys, Delport found his path to the top blocked. That looked set to change when De Kock signed a contract with Saracens in 2006, but Delport was then diagnosed with glandular fever, inflammation of the brain, meningitis and hepatitis. He would spend the next six months in bed.

Delport finally returned to competitive rugby in June 2007, playing 10 matches in the Currie Cup. But he was still regarded by many as WP’s third-choice scrumhalf behind Bolla Conradie and newcomer Conrad Hoffman, which soon became fourth-choice when the union signed Ricky Januarie. After being excluded from the Stormers Super 14 squad this year, Delport wore the WP No 9 jersey in the Vodacom Cup, but soon lost his place to Alastair Siegelaar, who then started for WP in the Currie Cup when Conradie was called up to the Boks (Hoffman was injured).

However, just when it seemed as if Delport’s rugby career was over, he was offered a two-year contract with the Springbok Sevens team. “I have made a business decision to play Sevens rugby for two years, make some money, and see what happens,” said the 24-year-old at the launch of the Bok Sevens campaign in Cape Town. “I may never return to 15-man rugby, but things can change, so who knows?”

Delport would undoubtedly rather be preparing for next year’s Super 14 with the Stormers, but refuses to feel sorry for himself. “Lots of rugby players suffer setbacks and disappointments in their career, so I’m not the only one. I’m really looking forward to the Sevens World Series and making a big contribution. It’s great to be back with the Bok Sevens side. There are only 12 guys in the squad, so there’s a real family atmosphere with everyone looking out for each other. I’m going to be playing as a sweeper, which involves covering my teammates and organising things, so ja, things are looking good.”

If Delport has given up on making an impact in the 15-man game, he shouldn’t, because Gcobani Bobo has already proved it can be done. Having been dropped from the Sharks Super 14 squad in 2007, Bobo was released to play Sevens where he excelled to such an extent that he returned to play for the Sharks in the Currie Cup. Shortly after, the midfielder was offered a contract with the Stormers and by June he was back with the Boks.

Hopefully, Delport can achieve a similar comeback and finally go on to fulfil his potential.


  • Good for him. :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.01.09 14:13:07 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Don’t shceme he will return to 15′s.


  • Comment 2, posted at 21.01.09 14:19:10 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : Delport a kullit :?:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.01.09 14:36:20 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • I always felt he was too light….but i always enjoyed his game…..fast and pacy – sevens will suit him…hopefully he will get a run at 15′s again.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.01.09 14:43:07 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire SauceCurrie Cup player
  • @Charlie (Comment 3) :

    Hy is ja, hoeko vra djy?? :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.01.09 14:46:20 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Ney hy lyk nogal in between :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.01.09 14:53:34 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 6) :

    Soes Andre Pretorius en Meyer Bosman??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.01.09 15:01:40 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • simon Borchardt is a talentless hack

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.01.09 15:01:46 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :


    I was waiting for that… :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.01.09 15:06:03 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : Yebo

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.01.09 15:16:01 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • wes, when are you going to join facebook?

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.01.09 15:20:48 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Hes not, his motjie say there is too many los kinners on there.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.01.09 15:33:21 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Bosman…kroeshare en al :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.01.09 15:36:52 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @PJLD (Comment 12) : :evil: :evil:

    my motjie will leka bliksem you wiff a houtlepel!!!

    (ask me I know too well) :cry:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.01.09 15:37:52 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @Charlie (Comment 13) :

    nai my broe!!! :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.01.09 15:41:46 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : Jou kop is sieke al vol knope geslaan :mrgreen:

    @wpw (Comment 15) : Net die waarheid your honour :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.01.09 15:44:04 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • Michalak fails to make France squad

    21 January 2009 (13:31)

    Maverick flyhalf Frederic Michalak has failed to make the 30-strong France training squad for the Six Nations.

    Michalak only returned to French club rugby in November after helping steer the Sharks past the Blue Bulls in South Africa’s Currie Cup final, but his wavering form for Toulouse has failed to impress coach Marc Lievremont.

    Misfiring Montpellier flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc also failed to make the squad, which will be cut to 23 next week ahead of the opening Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin on February 7.

    Lievremont has plumped for just one specialist No 10 in Lionel Beauxis, who ironically has been playing much of his club rugby for Stade Francais at fullback and missed all the November internationals because of a thigh injury.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.01.09 15:47:40 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : :?: :?:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.01.09 15:50:12 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 18) : :roll: DUHH :roll: Fred can come join the Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.01.09 07:48:40 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player

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