BJ’s fate in SARU’s hands

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 18 Feb 2010 at 10:18
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BJ Botha has finally confirmed what we sort of knew all along. He’ll be seeking an early exit from his Ulster contract in order to play Super 15 next year and hopefully force his way into the Boks 2011 World Cup squad.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, the chances are good that any number of South African teams would want Botha’s services – the Bulls and Stormers are both desperately in need of a world-class tighthead, while the Sharks and Lions would no doubt also be keen to bring in such an experienced campaigner. Botha, in an interview with a somewhat dodgy source, has expressed that his preference would always be to return to the Durban, but that he’s prepared to be flexible in the interests of SA Rugby.

From a Sharks perspective, it would only make sense to bring in BJ Botha if one of the current tightheads were to leave. With John Smit looking set to feature more regularly at hooker and the expected fallout that might eventuate, perhaps we will see fewer du Plessis’ in Durban in 2011, which would open the door for Botha, Smit and Beast Mtawarira to establish themselves as the front row to take the Boks to New Zealand.

Everyone seems to be playing this one very cagily, though, so don’t expect any big announcements. BJ and his agent will work through SARU and let them put forward their preference (the Stormers, obviously) but I’m still quietly confident hat we’ll see BJ Botha back in the black number 3 when next year’s Super 15 starts.


  • Sharks must act fast here. We want our Durbs boy back at home at the Tank. The Dup brothers can sulk all they want. :razz: Just get BJ back.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.02.10 10:33:42 by Puma Reply
    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • great news for Bok and SA rugby …..the failed experiment of Smit at 3 must be consigned to the dustbin….CJ also coming back….sooner i believe…and word on the street he is going to Bulls.

    Lets get the campaign in our sights and stop the stupidity….Bissy, Gary botha and smit to fight for 2 spot…..cj, bj , wp , buys, brock to fight for 2 x 3 spots….makes sense.

    We not retaining WC with a hooker at 3….

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.02.10 10:34:59 by grant10 Reply
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  • frankly i dont care where BJ, JDV and CJ go…as long as its SA and we get them into the bok set up asap.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.02.10 10:36:14 by grant10 Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 3) : You dancing in the streets yet Grant10?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.02.10 10:37:10 by FireTheLooser Reply
    FireTheLooserAssistant coach
  • @grant10 (Comment 2) : The Bulls can have CJ, we want BJ…that boy is some kind of a midget monster… :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.02.10 10:38:34 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 2) : Grant, John will get the number 2 spot anyday of the week. He is our captain too. Do you think PdV going to drop him in the wc year just like daft Mallett did with Teich? No ways PdV will never be as stupid as Mallett was in 1999 which probably cost us a wc then, taking a injured Skinstadt. Never will I forgive Mallett for being such a fool. You select your captain first. You know that though. John will be our number one hooker for WC and Bissie on the bench. NOT Gary Botha???? Phew!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.02.10 10:49:12 by Puma Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 6) : Ja please not Gary Botha…can’t believe he’s even entered the argument, I’d rather see Liebenberg then.

    I see Stofile is giving his and governments full backing for the Springboks 2011 wc campaign…not sure if he has any more hidden agendas though. I also see PdV will get a bunch of specialist’s on the payroll for 2011 for specialised services…that should be good.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.02.10 10:53:39 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Fires, Yip not Gary Botha. We have John first up then Bissie on the bench.

    We need plenty specialised services. First of all we need a specialist scrumming coach. Get Oz or who ever but we must have one. That eye coach and many more others. More the better to help PdV. Yip, Stofile must just stay out of it and if he gives us his support all the better.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.02.10 10:58:11 by Puma Reply
    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • @Puma (Comment 8) : Meant Os not Oz…..hehe.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.02.10 10:59:19 by Puma Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 8) : Well if Stofile is actualy honest (miracle needed for that but lets pretend) then this will be the first wc ever that we won’t have to worry about politics in rugby… :grin:

    Yep Os for scrum and the eye coach are definites, hopefully a whole bunch of other realy specialised guys and girls…hope they put a real big effort in on being the first nation to retain the cup.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.02.10 11:05:13 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • smit at 2 and bok captain…thats fine…smit at 3 for boks and i have sleepless nights….

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.02.10 11:09:00 by grant10 Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : we don’t discuss the p-word here, though :-) just a friendly reminder

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.02.10 11:13:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t understand why sa rugby would not send him to the Sharks. With him there he will 4 sure start at three and john as captain at 2. Springbok front row playing together week in and week out like bakkies and victor. Just makes sense.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.02.10 11:17:46 by JJR Reply
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  • I would have Adriaan Strauss and Liebenburg before Gary

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.02.10 11:19:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 13) : It does make sense. Then Sharks need to speak with BJ quick.

    @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : Fires PdV needs all the help he can get and he must get it. No messing about. First up is a specialist scrumming coach.

    Would be awesome if we could win back to back world cups. Especially in NZ. Remember though if all goes to plan we face ABs in the Semi going to be tough. ABs do have France in their pool game and the way France are playing now that is going to be a cracker of a game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.02.10 11:59:15 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 15) : Well if the kiwis are as big a chokers as we believe them to be, I think the pressure to win will be so immense that they’ll crack again and not see the final.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.02.10 12:08:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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