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Byrne “flattered” but staying in his “home region”


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks, Stormers, WP on 17 Jul 2009 at 14:35
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THE Sharks have pulled off a stunning coup to take Juan Martin Hernandez to South Africa after failing in their bold bid to sign Lee Byrne, writes Andy Howell for Western Mail 17 July 2009

The Durban-based franchise switched their attention from Byrne to the Argentine great after the Wales and British Lions ace said: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Full-back Byrne had been top of Sharks’ boss John Plumtree’s shopping list but rejected lucrative overtures to switch to the Currie Cup and Super 14 competitions.

The Six Nations Grand Slam winner remained loyal to the Ospreys, saying: “It’s my home region.

“It’s flattering to receive this kind of attention and to be linked to other clubs, but I’m an Ospreys man through and through.”

Former Swansea coach Plumtree was desperate to make a big-name signing and swooped for Stade Francais full-back or outside-half Hernandez when Byrne made his unavailability clear.

Hernandez, 27, starred during the 2007 World Cup in France as he guided Argentina to a shock third-place finish.

Negotiations between the Sharks and Hernandez have been successfully completed and they are awaiting a work permit so the big-money deal can be tied up.

“Hernandez will be a great asset when we are able to get him. I hope he can join us as quickly as possible,” said Plumtree.

Sharks backs guru Grant Bashford, said: “Hernandez pretty much dominated the 2007 World Cup for Argentina.

“He’s a great player and not only covers the No 10 position but 12 and 15 as well. He has an excellent kicking game and he could really have a massive impact in our squad.”

Their No 1 target Byrne was approached during this summer’s Lions tour of South Africa about a move from the Ospreys.

It is understood the Sharks and their South African rivals Stormers were among the teams who had been eyeing Byrne.



19 Comments

  • so is he joining the Sharks or not? The Lions were also after him and he said no.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.09 15:05:36 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 1) : byrne is not

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.09 15:07:03 by war1 Reply
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  • talking about the Puma!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.09 15:08:21 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) : oh, well the information i have is that he is only waiting for work permit to join with the sharks

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.09 15:12:40 by war1 Reply
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  • I’m sure he can play while he’s waiting for the work permit. Didn’t Mujati play without one? :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.09 15:40:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • So the Stormers were also interested in Byrne. We need all the fullbacks we can get cos we have more than sufficient depth at prop.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.09 15:41:07 by wpw Reply
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  • welcome to the team, war1! How did it feel to pop your cherry? :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.09 15:58:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : not anymore… Ricky is back with the Boks

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.09 15:59:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : easier than i thought it would be :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.09 16:03:10 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 9) : it’s a pretty good piece of software

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.09 16:09:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : that it is

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.09 16:17:46 by war1 Reply
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  • Well done War1

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.09 16:33:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Lee Byrne, I thank you for being loyal to your club.

    Its interesting how 2 of the big unions just happened to be interested in a player that was not in the market, yeah right.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.09 16:37:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : yeah… more like he wasn’t offered enough money to make it interesting for him.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.09 16:41:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • To attract Euro players or keep our own stars in SA can’t they organise private sponsorship to supplement their income?

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.09 16:48:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : if they’re not doing it, I can’t understand why not!

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.09 17:22:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • does anybody know if the game is being broadcast on mnet or the sport channel my dstv is on the blink but my mnet works
    or is sharksrugby running the game or can i watch it online

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.09 18:18:03 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 17) : it’s on supersport 7 only, I think

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.09 18:31:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : What about Chris Jack, might be interesting to find out – I heard he didn’t have his work permit last week. Maybe they need to reverse the points!

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.09 18:54:26 by Baldrick Reply

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