Well guys, as usual, the grapevine is buzzing and yet nobody really seems to have any real idea about what is going on with Juan Martin Hernandez’s alleged rendezvous with the Sharks.
I’ve heard that the deal is definitely off because he wants more money than the Sharks are able (or prepared) to pay. I’ve also heard that he’s not interested in the money, but rather wants to play in South Africa for the sheer pleasure of the experience. I’ve heard that Western Province are also trying to sign him.
Then, of course, there were the initial reports from France, subsequently repeated here and elsewhere, that he has already signed and would (presumably) be available for the Currie Cup season. Those reports would now appear to be wholly inaccurate and premature – then again, we should probably know better than to trust what appears on French rugby websites, given the precedent set by the Frans Steyn and Bakkies Botha incidents.
I suspect that Hernandez may well still be in negotiations with the Sharks, but given the fact that Uncle Rudi has never quite got out of his media-laager mentality, we’re unlikely to hear anything concrete unless a deal is reached. I’m not holding my breath, though.
We’ll try our best to keep you updated as the story continues to develop.Tweet