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Saracens confirm Frik Venter signing


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 29 Apr 2009 at 10:00
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Saracens have added the weight and strength of prop Frik Venter to their squad for the 2009/10 season.

The 27-year-old, who can play either side of the scrum, joins Saracens from South African franchise the Sharks as incoming Director of Rugby Brendan Venter continues to build his squad for the new campaign.

The official Guinness Premiership website reports that Venter, who has also enjoyed a spell with Connacht in the Magners League in 2005, will join the likes of Italian internationals Carlos Nieto and Matias Aguero in the Saracens front row next season along with England Saxons prop Tom Mercey.

And the ability of the 6ft, 18stone prop to play at tight head or loose head will prove invaluable as Director of Rugby Venter explained. “Frik is a typical ball-carrying loosehead prop, who can develop into the complete package. He can also play at tight head, making him even more valuable in light of the IRB’s proposed law changes relating to the front row.”

Venter added: “We are fortunate to have secured the services of Cobus Visagie as scrum coach next season, and I am looking forward to seeing him work with six props, each of whom will be capable of competing for a place in the match-day 23. Bearing in mind the outstanding development of Tom Mercey in recent months, the prospects are excellent.”



37 Comments

  • This is the time of the year when the foreign signing are going to start being announced. In a little over two weeks time the french signing season opens.

    that should be fun.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.09 11:02:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • One would hope he would pillage the WP prop factory first before focusing on ours.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.09 11:16:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 2) : do they have any :?:
    probably so hidden that nobody noticed it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.09 11:23:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) :
    Not really, but that doesnt mean that he must come sniffing around ours.
    I was also thinking that with the amount of abuse that the Stormers front row gets from their media and fans that they would be easy pickings.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.09 11:37:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Who the hell is Frik Venter?? :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.09 11:42:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) :

    I will have you know we have Brok Harris!!!

    A very underrated player!!! :roll: :oops:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.09 11:46:43 by wpw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :
    maybe they not as silly.

    i am trying to think why I had you as stormers supporter :roll:

    (no offence intended :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.09 11:49:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : where does he play :?:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.09 11:54:18 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) :

    In the backline mostly. Like most WP forwards. :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.09 12:01:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) :

    tight head prop :???:

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.09 12:03:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 7) :
    $%%@##%$%^%……dogs blood, et al :shock: AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.09 12:04:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :

    hehehe

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.09 12:05:37 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :
    Brendons 3rd cousin 6 times removed.

    I once knew a Frik Venter, he was an artist and invented shoes whose uppers could be interchanged on the same soles, ie 3 pairs for the price of one or something like that. It was long ago and the invention obviously didnt take the world by storm.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.09 12:09:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

    @wpw (Comment 10) : i just can’t remember seeing him play so though maybe he plays in Vodacom Cup team or so. :oops:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.09 12:13:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : :roll: :roll:
    that was scary

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.09 12:15:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) :
    True, but he was a very relaxed, :cool: dude.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.09 12:34:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Venter played Currie Cup rugby for the Valke last season. He is just as comfortable at hooker as he is as prop. Great guy to have on the bench.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.04.09 13:05:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Scary rumour is that the Lions could lose as many as 9 players after the S14…I don’t even want to think about it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.04.09 13:41:46 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) : neither do I – sounds like a mass exodus.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.04.09 13:50:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) :

    It’s really going to hurt us if it’s true

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.04.09 13:58:41 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 20) : got any names and destinations? :-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.09 14:40:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 20) :

    You think Earl and his boet will still be there next year??? :???:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.04.09 15:07:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) :

    :grin:

    @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    klevah buy then by DoktahVentah

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.04.09 17:14:29 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Yes, unfortunately I do…

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.09 07:16:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 24) : you could send them to me in strictest confidence :-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.09 07:32:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) :

    They will still be with us. Jody is actually not a bad player

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.04.09 07:33:45 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :

    It’s probably going to come out by the end of next week

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.04.09 07:36:12 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 27) : are we getting any? That’s my REAL question :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.04.09 07:51:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    No, all off to Europe.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.04.09 07:55:10 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 26) :

    I agree.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.04.09 08:05:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 27) : I suppose they are all the decent players we have as well??

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.04.09 08:13:24 by Whindy Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 29) : can’t say it really surprises me

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.04.09 08:17:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 27) :

    As I said in my very first comment on this thread, This is going to be an interesting few weeks.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.04.09 08:20:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I still reckon there is going to be a serious clearout after the Lions tour, but I suppose its not a bad thing. Look at the Aussies after they won there first world cup they held on to players like Campo,etc and arrived here(SA) with what looked like a good team, only to find they were beyond the sell-by date.Not a bad time to sweep clean and rebuild??

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.04.09 08:24:55 by Whindy Reply
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  • It seem the other Sharks have lost their neandethal man.

    Big-spending French club Racing-Metro continued their rebuilding of their squad for next season by signing France captain Lionel Nallet and icon Sebastien Chabal on Wednesday.

    Nallet and Chabal had been widely-expected to join the club, but only if they were promoted to the Top 14 for the first time, which they managed last weekend with victory over Bordeaux.

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.04.09 13:50:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) :

    You mean the ‘Sale’ Sharks?? :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.04.09 14:30:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) :

    Yeah they sold Chabal. :wink:

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.04.09 15:21:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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