Bulls flyhalf Burton Francis has been released to join the Lions, potentially ending the speculation about who the Union will select as their first-choice pivot in 2010.
Francis, at one stage a clear second in the Bulls pecking order behind Morné Steyn, has seen his shares fall after an ordinary Currie Cup campaign. The acquisition of Jacques-Louis Potgieter from the Cheetahs and the emergence of Francois Brümmer as a player of genuine quality have somewhat dented Francis’s ambitions and his major reason for moving to the Lions is that he’s been promised regular gametime as the first choice.
The Lions are apparently hellbent on signing anyone that isn’t physically tied down at the moment and have been linked with a move for Sharks understudy Monty Dumond as well. They already have another former Sharks pivots on their books in Herkie Kruger, who has not done badly this season, although he’s arguably not Super 14 quality. Francis too is untested at that level of the game, though.
Ruan Boshoff is another young flyhalf from the Bulls who was lured to Johannesburg at the beginning of the season by the promise of more regular gametime. His opportunities have, to date, been limited.
Francis will join the Lions at the beginning of November, once his Currie Cup commitments with the Bulls have come to an end.Tweet