The Bulls have dismissed speculation that they were about to sign Springbok De Wet Barry ahead of the 2010 Super 14, although they have not ruled out the possibility that he might be ‘drafted in’ at a later stage.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Bulls said that reports in the media, suggesting that Barry would be joining the Bulls for next year’s Super 14 tournament, were not entirely factual.
Barry, 31, is currently contracted by the Eastern Province and the Bulls need to draft him into their squad in order for him to be eligible to play Super Rugby for the Pretoria-based franchise.
“Barry is going to train with the Bulls [in their pre-season camp] in George, but he will play for Eastern Province in next year’s Vodacom Cup and they will continue to pay his salary,” the Bulls said.
“If the Bulls need him, say for instance in case of injury, they will be able to call on him.”
Barry, who was the South African Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2004, first played for the Springboks in 2000, making his debut as a 21-year-old against Canada. He played the last of his 38 Tests in 2006 – against France in Cape Town.
Following the 2007 Currie Cup, he joined English Premiership club Harlequins, but he returned to South Africa in June of this year and signed up to join Eastern Province.
He played for the Mighty Elephants in the First Division of South Africa’s domestic competition and also played for the Southern Kings when they met the British & Irish Lions.Tweet