Various reports have surfaced over the last few weeks linking the Bulls “big 3″ with moves away from Loftus after next year’s World Cup.
The latest development sees Bakkies Botha once again linked to French side RC Toulon. You may recall the huge stink kicked up back in 2008 when Botha allegedly “signed” with Toulon, despite having an enforceable Bulls contract valid through 2011. The courts rejected Botha’s case and he was duly forced to see out his contract, but it now appears as though he may be back in negotiation with his old pal Mourad Boudjellal, with a view to joining the newly-promoted Top 14 side after the 2011 World Cup.
Fellow Bulls and Bok lock Victor Matfield has been linked to a possible coaching job with the NSW Waratahs in Sydney after the World Cup, while scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will head to Japan to play for Suntory Sungoliath at that stage.
There appears to be a fair amount of moving around planned on the Aussie coaching scene, by the by. Good old Jake White is being linked to both the Force and the Waratahs, while there is speculation in the “WA Today” newspaper that current Force supremo John Mitchell is being headhunted for a provincial coaching job in South Africa. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say…Tweet