The transfer of Bjorn Basson from Griquas to the Bulls has been confirmed, but will it actually happen? Not if the Cheetahs have anything to do with it.
It is believed that Griquas did not consult Super 15 partners Free State and the Griffons in the decision to make Basson available to the Bulls. The Cheetahs will now be seeking legal advice to determine whether the GWRU had disregarded the policy for the transfer of Super 14 players that had been signed by all three provinces.
If that has happened, legal steps may be taken against Griquas and in an extreme scenario his contract with the Blue Bulls may even be voided. Basson is due to report for duty in Pretoria on November 1 once he has completed his Currie Cup duties with Griquas.
Cheetahs managing director Harold Verster was in a tele-conference with Griquas and the Griffons on Tuesday morning in which Basson’s move was discussed in depth.
The Cheetahs paid 60% of Basson’s Super 14 salary.
The Cheetahs are currently locked in a legal battle with the Sharks about the services of another wing, Lionel Mapoe.
The loss of Basson will be another setback for the Cheetahs ahead of next year’s Super 15.
“Bjorn is one of the Cheetahs’ top players. We are making every attempt to keep our star players in the region. We have to protect our interests,” said Verster.
Griquas chief executive Arni van Rooyen did not want to comment.Tweet