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Chris Jack to play for WP


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 18 May 2009 at 10:03
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All Black superstar Chris Jack will play for Western Province in this year’s Currie Cup.

Stephen Nell reports for sport24.com

It was reported on Saturday that WP are negotiating with Jack. On Sunday, WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd managing director Rob Wagner confirmed a deal had been negotiated for Jack to be a WP player from 1 July until 31 October.

Jack played for Saracens until recently. He is expected to move back to New Zealand after the Currie Cup and play for the Crusaders in next year’s Super 14.

“It’s very good for us because Chris has a lot of Test and Super 14 experience. He is a very good lock,” said Wagner.

“We hope he can perform a similar role as Federico Mendez (former Argentina front-ranker) and Tony Brown (former All Black flyhalf) by helping younger players. We were also looking at it from that angle.”

Brown was an important mentor for Peter Grant last year and Mendez made the WP scrum a feared one in the Currie Cup a few seasons back.

Province coach Allister Coetzee said recently they would have to increase their depth at lock.

Andries Bekker is expected to be on international duty during the Currie Cup and Adriaan Fondse is still injured.

AJ Venter retired after Saturday’s win in Bloemfontein, which means Hilton Lobberts and Martin Muller remain as locks.

Muller is very young, while Lobberts was only recently converted from a loose forward into a lock.

“It’s wonderful that we are getting Jack,” said Stormers and WP senior professional coach Rassie Erasmus,

“We’re losing AJ and I think he was a much bigger asset than a lot of people realise. We are replacing him with a quality player and then still have Hilton and Martin.

“Jack will not be available for us in next year’s Super 14, but we really want to do well in the Currie Cup.”

Jack played 67 Tests for New Zealand – the last off the bench against France at the World Cup in 2007 – before going to Saracens.

He is 2.02m tall and weighs 115kg. He is good in the lineouts, athletic and a strong scrummager.



29 Comments

  • “It’s very good for us because Chris has a lot of Test and Super 14 experience. He is a very good lock,” said Wagner.

    Dude, he is WORLD CLASS!!!

    Very good my ass… :evil:

    Oh and this IS a good move by WP rugby BUT how about signing a world class PROP for goodness sake??? :???:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.09 10:05:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Good move indeed, No worries about losing him to the Boks for the Tri-Nations.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.09 10:10:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : one prop :?: :?: you guys need 3 props.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.09 10:16:17 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :
    Puh, he’s not good enough for Brendon Venters Saracens. :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.09 10:21:04 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Champions Again!!!! Thats a FACT! :mrgreen:

    Tie with Liverpools wins…. thats a FACT!!! :mrgreen:

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.09 10:24:32 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 5) :

    How long did it take you to think that one up??

    Hopefully not as long as it took you to eventually catch up to our 18 titles. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.09 10:30:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.09 10:36:18 by Rahul Reply

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  • good move this. Agree they need props more, though.

    A second row of Fondsie and Jack will serve you guys well

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.09 10:46:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :

    He’s not South African enough for Brendon Venters Saracens. :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.09 10:46:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : So sad Wes, so very sad.Shame :!:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.09 11:06:36 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 10) :

    Bru, we discuss RUGBY here, OK??? :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.09 11:13:31 by wpw Reply
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  • :?: How old is Jack. WP giving away retirement contracts again :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.05.09 11:17:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Now about those props, any chance Jack is just going to add to the pressure of them popping rather than propping :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.09 11:20:33 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : I was waiting for that. He’s only 31-ish, plenty left in the tank.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.09 11:24:58 by molly Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) :

    He is only 30 years old. :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.09 11:25:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) :

    First prop in the history of rugby to say, “hey dude don’t push so hard in the second row please?” :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.05.09 11:30:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Eish, a nice buy,. but lets be honest how about some front row forwards. I mean surely it can’t just be every rugby fan and hack from here to Pretoria who can clearly see we are in dire need of three fat boys upfront?

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.05.09 11:52:22 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : Unfortunately after the front row showing against the Cheetah’s Rassie may feel the props we have are good enough.
    I REALLY hope he sees the light.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.05.09 12:07:31 by molly Reply
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  • Why would WP want to buy front row forwards????????

    Didn’t you guys watch the game this weekend, you guys stuck it to the Cheetahs big time. :roll:

    Rassie now has all the ammo he needs to say there is nothing wrong with his front row. :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.09 12:08:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 18) : SNAP!!!!!!!! :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.09 12:08:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : It was great to see how suprised the props were to have FINALLY won a scrum.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.09 12:11:55 by molly Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    What’s that saying about squirrels Rob loves to quote?? :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.09 12:15:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 21) :

    I told you to have faith in Brok Harris!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.09 12:16:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 21) :

    I think it was while Watson was being given a going over on the ground and there was nobody to help him out that one of the commentators said “Where are the tight five to help him?” to which the other commentator replied “They are to busy celebrating the success in the scrum” :lol: I was ROTFLMAO.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.09 12:18:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Did they really say that? I must’ve missed it. Thats flippin awesome, it must’ve been Bob.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.05.09 12:20:13 by molly Reply
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  • I reckon Liebenber and the youngster will do fine in the hooking dept, but the folks on either side of them.Eish wena.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.05.09 12:20:46 by Claytie Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 25) :

    i think it was actually Bob. :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.05.09 12:27:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    Can you still roll Oubaas??? :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.05.09 12:28:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 28) :

    It’s stopping once I have started that is difficult. :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.05.09 12:32:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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