Richard Ferguson

Bulls shopping spree continues

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 22 Sep 2010 at 10:36
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Griquas seem to be the team most favoured by the Bulls to stock up on players ahead of next year. After already signing Bjorn Basson, they are now after flyhalf Naas Olivier.

Griquas’ budget for contracted players is small compared to that of the Bulls and they may well decide to let Olivier go if they are offered a large enough transfer fee. The Bulls have a problem with their flyhalf depth for next year’s Currie Cup as neither Morné Steyn nor Jacques-Louis Potgieter will be available next season. Steyn is expected to be the Springboks’ first-choice flyhalf at the World Cup in New Zealand, while Potgieter will play for the Sharks next year.

It is no surprise that the Bulls are interested in Olivier. He is one of the leading points scorers in the Currie Cup and his success ratio at posts is 85% – without a kicking coach. He already impressed for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super 14 and has played a decisive role with his boot in every Currie Cup match.

Griquas chief executive Arni van Rooyen emphasised that Olivier’s contract only expires at the end of 2011. “Naas’s contract only expires at the end of next year. No-one has spoken to the union about acquiring his services. Not even the Bulls,” said Van Rooyen.

Bulls high performance manager Ian Schwartz said that Olivier is a gifted senior player that “holds a leadership position”. “We will not, however, be interested in his services while he is under contract at Griquas.”


  • Richard have you seen on News24 that The Cheetahs are wanting to sue Griquas for releasing Basson and they want to void the deal

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.10 10:53:01 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 1) :

    I saw the article, and I am planning on getting something up on the blog. I just need some more detail. I am completely sure the Cheetahs have any rights in the matter, and I have also seen that the Bulls have released a statement that it is not their issue..

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.10 10:55:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I thought that Verster was surprised by the huge transfer fee offered by the Bulls, that he summarily signed Basson away. Or at least that is what someone on here hinted at yesterday. The way the Cheetahs are suing every Tom, Dick (not the Lions’ Dick) and Harry (no, not the Viljoen one), it’s no wonder they have no funds to buy/keep players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.10 11:10:13 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

    JustPlainSHARKCurrie Cup player
  • Hope FS takes them to court as well.

    What`s good for the goose is good for Uganda . . . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.10 11:10:24 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • The Cheetahs are fast becoming my least favourite team!! :roll:

    WP should try to sign Sarel Pretorius just to piss them off!! :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.09.10 11:14:50 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : hahahaha :D nasty!

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.09.10 11:20:15 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :lol: and the Lions Viljoen/Daniller then they can all have a grand old party in court ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.09.10 11:22:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • Here`s a thought. We know they are one of the most cash strapped provinces . .. okay after SWD, why don`t we make Juan Smith a full on offer right before the CC semi final? They`ll be so busy consulting with lawyers they`ll forget all they ever knew about rugby.

    Then after we win we drop the case and say sorry hehehehe

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.09.10 11:41:02 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • like i always say :oops: don’t dig a hole because at some time u fall into it :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.09.10 21:55:12 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain

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