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The silly season is well and truly here


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 May 2010 at 13:45
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Even if only half of the current rumours are true, the Sharks may soon find themselves having more backline players than they know what to do with. Having faced deserved criticism for failing to protect the depth in this area over the last few years, Rudi Straeuli and the Sharks administration seem to be going somewhat overboard in an audacious attempt to sign every backline player they can find!

Closest to being confirmed are the rumoured approaches to Andre Pretorius and Lionel Mapoe. The former will play for the Sharks this Currie Cup, assuming he comes through a series of gruelling fitness tests first. As for the Free State winger, though, it looks like things are going to get ugly, with yet another round of tut-tutting and finger-pointing set to ensue as the Sharks and Cheetahs enter into a legal spat over his services. One would think that, if anything, the Sharks would have learned from the Alberts/Ludik affair that these things seldom just blow over without a fight, but they seem hell-bent on pressing on regardless and we have it on good authority that the player is already in Durban and training with his new team-mates.

While I would love to see Mapoe add depth to the Sharks squad at wing and possibly also outside centre, I must say that this one is currently leaving a bit of a bad taste in the mouth as, according to everything I’ve seen, he is, in fact, legally contracted to another union. As always, we’ll need to bide our time here, sift through various baffling and usually embarrassing statements coming out of both unions, the player, his agent and the completely extraneous and useless organisation called SARPA and ultimately wait and see what the courts decide to do with this one.

The other big name that refuses to go away is that of Jean de Villiers and depending on who you speak to, he has either already signed for WP, or the Sharks, or the Lions… since not one of these teams has actually gone as far as announcing the signing (and why wouldn’t they want to crow about such a coup?) I’m going to assume that the Bok centre has yet to decide which paper to put pen to. The Sharks would, though, appear to be very much in the running and the fact that de Villiers hasn’t already signed for WP, despite a pretty clear overture a few months ago, makes me think that he may well be headed elsewhere.

Another one that has resurfaced today, thanks to a frankly astonishing set of articles on Keo, is the continued talk that the Ebersohn brothers want to move to Durban. This has been doing the rounds for a while and although our favourite website initially couldn’t work out which of the two brothers was meant to be talking to the Sharks, they seem to have now settled on it being both of them. The twins are out of contract at the end of the year and apparently have offers to join the Sharks ahead of the 2011 season. Based on the noises that are being made, I’d say this one has a pretty good chance of actually going ahead.

Other Cheetahs players to be linked to the Sharks, although in most cases far more spuriously, include centre-cum-flyhalf Meyer Bosman and either one or both of their pair of openside flankers, Heinrich Brussow and Johan Wessels.



64 Comments

  • Hier koop ons onself uit die kak uit!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.05.10 14:07:28 by Morné Reply
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  • Warararara….I’ll comment once we have certainty. These discussions bore me to tears.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.05.10 14:11:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • JDV, Mapoe and Brussow would do just fine thanks. The brothers are a nice add on if possible but JDV in a Sharks jersey would really tickle me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.05.10 14:12:58 by billy Reply

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  • At least the new rumours are of younger players and not just a bunch of hasbeens….although Mapoe also seems to be injury prone :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.05.10 14:14:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Pretorius not a has-been?

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.05.10 14:18:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Isn’t Bosman a flyhalf cum centre cum flyhalf

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.05.10 14:26:14 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • what does this say to our lighties!!!!!
    Maybe 1 or 2 players, but not a whole new team. Please Rudi…use your F—en brain!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.05.10 14:28:06 by Tintin Reply

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  • Rob, you wrote an article about the perceived lack of depth in Sharks rugby. Forget the Vodacom Cup, how many unions can claim they have 2 full teams competing in the super 14 (Sharks and Sharks B aka Cheetahs)

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.05.10 14:32:27 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • rob, you forgot to add butch james in that rumour mill! :lol: maybe we should start a few rumours ourself? lets piss off the bulls and buy morne steyn :shock:

    @Pablo Dinero (Comment 8) : why dont the sharks and cheetahs merge in the super 15, that way the kings can have their wet dream of a spot in the super rugby comp.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.05.10 14:35:34 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : Because then super rugby would be left with both the Kings AND the Lions

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.05.10 14:36:58 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : o yes, a important point, base camp is in durbs, mkay pumpkin?

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.05.10 14:37:55 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : We can do better than that. Lets start a rumour about Spies and FdP

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.05.10 14:38:03 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • I reckon Salmonoid is going to love your use of the term ‘rumoured approaches’ :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.05.10 14:40:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Salmo doesn’t want me to mention anything until it’s been up on the official website for a day and a half. By that stage, the news is generally about 2 months old and of no use to anyone!

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.05.10 14:43:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : New rumours….Petoors is so yesterday :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.05.10 14:44:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : ok, I’m going to be very blunt here. :mrgreen:

    Whoever reckons the Butch James talks are still happening is an idiot. That one is stone, stone dead.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.05.10 14:44:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think I should start a rumour that Earl Rose is joining the Sharks!!! :twisted:

    (Similar to the ‘rumour’ Grant10 has been spreading about the Sharks’ scrum exploits aka ‘turbo reverse’ when John is at tight head)

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.05.10 14:47:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : ah yes… silly season. Things change minute-by-minute.

    Richie McCaw is now a certainty to join us

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.05.10 14:50:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : oh wait – no he isnt

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.05.10 14:50:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : You know when you cant crack the Lions starting lineup that your future should involve an extensive job search in another employment sector

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.05.10 14:50:34 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : Only difference is that grant10′s rumour had some truth in it ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.05.10 14:51:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 12) : the only team your going to piss off with a FdP rumour is some Japanese team, and that u dont want to do my friend. ever heard of a kamakaze pilot??? :shock: :evil:

    @robdylan (Comment 16) : dead, like the bee gees? or dead like jorrie muller career? :?: :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.05.10 14:52:02 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : who needs richie when weve got botes?? :grin:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.05.10 14:54:37 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) :

    It had ‘some’ truth BUT I believe John was just off form and his game suffered as a whole.

    I challenge you to name a Springbok tight head who has destroyed his opponent, while playing for the Boks of course… and no, not against Namibia or Fiji.

    When last did a Bok tight head do a ‘Beast vs Vickery’ ??

    Not even ‘the great’ BJ Botha managed that!! :roll:

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.05.10 15:00:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : rumour is, vickery lost his ear in that scrumming lesson… :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.05.10 15:03:47 by VanWilder Reply

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  • All speculation chaps. I’m also growing tired of maybe’s and rumour has it. Just let us know when someone of some use actually signs with the Sharks. (excluding contract disputes)

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.05.10 15:04:01 by Farlington Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : BJ Botha against Italy last year??

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.05.10 15:05:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 25) :

    Still out injured ….licking his wounds came back well though in the third test ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.05.10 15:07:38 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Would love all those players to join the Sharks EXCEPT Andre Pretorius, really dont want him, what are they thinking. :shock:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.05.10 15:07:38 by Treehugger Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) :

    Ah, the mighty Italy!!

    How many tests have they won in the last 4-5 years??

    They are to the 6 Nations what the Lions are to Super Rugby! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.05.10 15:10:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    Have a good pack though !

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.05.10 15:12:05 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) : The Italians might not have won many but their scrum is feared the world over. ;-)

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.05.10 15:12:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    …. and an even better front row !

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.05.10 15:12:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 32) :

    Except in Argentina :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.05.10 15:13:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 33) : thanks for the support ;-)

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.05.10 15:14:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) :

    It’s my job to oppose all thoughts wpw has :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.05.10 15:21:05 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.05.10 15:28:38 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    I’m here fools. :twisted:

    I like facts, for the other stuff I go to Keo. :razz:

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.05.10 15:37:57 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 37) : :razz:

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.05.10 15:38:08 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Why bother signing JdV, he has made it clear he is going back to Ireland after the world cup.

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.05.10 15:51:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :
    I’ve got a really interesting rumour about one of your boys, more suiteable to Heat magazine than here though. ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.05.10 16:09:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The way our ‘backline’ performed during the Super 14, I’m all for some new buys. But what still hasn’t been rectified is our lack of flyhalf, this issue has not been resolved in the last 3 years.

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.05.10 16:10:02 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 36) : and for the next 10 days, it’s your other job to ensure you post more comments than him too :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.05.10 16:13:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 41) :

    What are you talking about?? :shock:

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.05.10 16:44:54 by wpw Reply
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  • You would think the only thing the Tjorks would be looking for is a ten and a new commercial manager.

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.05.10 16:46:38 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 44) :
    I dont mean Yours as in wpw’s but a Stormers player.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.05.10 16:53:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 45) :
    Youd think, but then if players want to play for the Sharks its only courteous to listen to them when they approach you.

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.05.10 16:55:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • ” we have it on good authority that the player is already in Durban and training with his new team-mates.”

    I asked a question of a person who knows these things and he confirmed what is on the sharks website. No-one is training in Durban right now.

    Anyways, it’s confirmed on the Sharks website – he terminated his contract with the cheaters 2months ago,.

    When last did he actually play anyway?

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.05.10 16:57:06 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 48) : ag whatever… he’s there, it’s confirmed.

    I’ll put up a story in a few minutes. But it’s not like this thing is done and dusted. Verster ain’t releasing the player. He’s going to try the Reynecke trick.

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.05.10 17:01:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) :
    You sound dissappointed, is that because it is now fact. :twisted:

    Out, cheers.

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.05.10 17:10:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 50) : fact is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s ask Harold Verster if he considers it a fact.

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.05.10 17:18:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I read somewhere that Mapoe’s agent contacted the sharks. Not sure how true it all is, but all the slagging off that’s going on aimed at the sharks isn’t necessarily correct if that’s the truth.

    Anyway Bulls fans love to give the sharks hell, forgetting that Victor, Bryan, Zane, Steyn, Liefling and a whole host of other Bulls players come from outside the region.

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.05.10 17:42:52 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 52) : I don’t think anyone here would be naive enough to think that there wasn’t an agent at the heart of this matter. There always is!

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.05.10 17:45:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • As long as it is both Ebersohns then that is cool. We have to have Robert if we have either of them.

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.05.10 17:58:09 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 54) : meh.

    Robert would certainly add options, but I’m not a Sias fan.

    I do like the idea of having two sets of twins in the backline one day, though.

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.05.10 18:02:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : maybe they only do package deals :roll:

  • Comment 56, posted at 20.05.10 18:09:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) :

    That is why I was so outraged when the article about Sias signing for us surfaced. We need Robert Sias is/was not even used by the Cheetahs why would we buy him?

  • Comment 57, posted at 20.05.10 18:12:29 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 56) : now where have I heard that one before…

  • Comment 58, posted at 20.05.10 18:16:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) :

    I think that may just about be impossible ….he is a very didicated blogger.

    ….and a worthy winner.

    …..however funnier things have happened in the world of sport.

    ….the Highlanders made the Semi’s once :cool:

  • Comment 59, posted at 20.05.10 18:29:42 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    NO DUDE!!!!!!!!!! Italy don’t have an egg in the wins column on the 6N log.

  • Comment 60, posted at 20.05.10 18:36:37 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • :oops: Talk about being silly :oops:

    I’m just going through the last few days’ emails. And there is a really good one abou the Bulls and pretoria.

    A few highlights.

    What do you call a woman wearing a white tracksuit in Pretoria on a Saturday afternoon?

    The bride … …

    ===========================
    Did you hear about the R3 million Pretoria Lottery?
    The winner gets R3.00 a year for a million years

    ===========================
    Who invented the toothbrush?
    A Pretorianer (If it had been invented by anyone else, it would have been called a teethbrush)

    ===========================
    Two reasons why it’s so hard to solve a Pretoria murder?
    1. The DNA is all the same
    2. There are no dental records

    ===========================
    A new Pretoria law was just recently passed…
    When a couple gets divorced, they are STILL cousins

  • Comment 61, posted at 20.05.10 18:42:06 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 61) :

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 62, posted at 20.05.10 18:46:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • And one final one.

    Did you hear that they have raised the minimum drinking age in Pretoria to 32?
    It seems they want to keep alcohol out of the high schools.

  • Comment 63, posted at 20.05.10 18:59:28 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : now do you really want to piss the bulls off i’m all for it just can’t see M Steyn in a Sharks jersey

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.05.10 08:50:35 by chaz Reply

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