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French raiders target SA’s stars


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 26 Jan 2009 at 20:00
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Cheetahs utility back Conrad Barnard, who has been released from his contract to join French club Toulon, is expected to be the first of a flood of South African players that could be lured to France.

Rugby 365 reports that Barnard, who has played both for Cheetahs and Griquas, was one of the three flyhalves that the Cheetahs had contracted for the season.

His departure means that the franchise’s reserves will be further depleted ahead of the Super 14.

The Cheetahs have decided to used Springbok Meyer Bosman as their first-choice flyhalf, with Naas Olivier and Jacques-Louis Potgieter as his back-up.

While Barnard has already been released, the real flood of South African Super Rugby and Springbok players that will head to France will only come after the Super 14 this year.

The Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reports that the top South African players will be the target of French clubs next month – with three top clubs heading to the country to try and sign talent in a “Valentine’s safari”.

Brive, Bayonne and Racing Metro will all be in Cape Town for the Valentine’s day clash between the Sharks and Stormers with the object of signing players for the next European season.

All three clubs have made their intentions clear and have spoken at length to local agents, looking for tighthead props, locks, flyhalves and wings for the season.

Brive and Racing Metro are currently looking to sign five players each, while Bayonne are looking for four.

Among the names mentioned are Springbok midfielders Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers, and the clubs will be looking to lure them away from the country after the British Lions tour.

Other names who have been targeted include Andries Bekker, Johann Muller and Peter Grant.



22 Comments

  • Nothing we can do about it – everyone must earn a living.

    I will just wait until the Northern Hemisphere realises how they are screwing over their own teams by allowing this…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.09 20:37:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t think the clubs give a flying fart if the whole team consist of foreigners. It will only be controlled and limited by the French RFU. It’s not a ‘sport’, it’s a business. SA players are the “Blood Diamonds”. (not THAT anybody actually died!) :-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.09 21:07:07 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • I know of a lock that might just be looking…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.09 21:25:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheetahs utility back Conrad Barnard, who has been released from his contract to join French club Toulon

    I hope they at least forced Toulon to buy him out of his contract.

    They should make all their players have HUGE buy out clauses in their contracts. That way WHEN their player get’s head hunted they at least increase their income and are able to increase their buying power.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.09 05:41:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Rob Linde??? :roll:

    Oh wait, he’s already there isn’t he??? lol

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.09 07:14:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    He said Lock, not someone who thinks he is a lock. :smile:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.09 07:32:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.09 07:38:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    And besides if Linde was playing for a Saffa side it would be the Team looking for a spot in Europe for him.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.09 07:49:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Listen here missy! Rob Linde is one of the best lock forwards in the French League!!!

    I have it on good authority that he is one of the best.

    My sauce (Player Agent) has confirmed this!!! :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.09 07:53:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :
    Bwaaahaaahaaa!

    Is PdV announcing his resignation this weekend too? :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.09 07:59:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    Listen here Big Freak!

    My sauce also known as Beaver is NEVER wrong!!! Capish???

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.09 08:05:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    Maybe your sauce should wipe the juice out of his other eye so that he can have a two eyed view of the guy’s ability and not just think of his back pocket.. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.09 08:06:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    Hehehehhe

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.09 08:08:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Damn you I say!!! :wink:

    Do you think ‘they’ visit this site??? :shock:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.09 08:21:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    I KNOW it

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.09 08:25:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “Brive and Racing Metro are currently looking to sing five players each, while Bayonne are looking for four.”

    Well it is going to be Valentines day, so singing might just clinch it for our locks and props.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.09 08:34:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Cape Town shebeen owners are going to march through the city this morning – presumably against legislation aimed at their illegal trade. :shock:

    Next week is reserved for mandrax and tik merchants.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.09 08:38:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) :

    let me correct that quickly. :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.09 08:45:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) :
    :mrgreen:

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :
    Vlakplaas reconnaissance?

    @Salmonoid (Comment 17) :
    Cant say I have never used a shebeen before.
    We should be careful about crushing this important informal employment sector in the present economic climate – I do understand the reasoning behind it though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.09 08:45:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) :
    I probably came across incorrectly, didnt mean to pass judgement on shebeens. My post was more to do with the gumption of the shebeen owners (being largely illegal) in openly taking their qualms to the streets.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.09 08:58:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : you think that might stop them whinging?

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.09 09:29:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    I certainly hope it would. Eveyrtime they lose a player they get more money than he is worth back. If any club is silly enough to pay more than a player is worth in SA terms then let them. Cheetahs will be smiling all the way to the bank.

    if they play their cards right it should have a snowball effect and soon they will finally start making money from their SA development program.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.09 09:40:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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