Au revoir à Fred après le quatorze superbe?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 11 Apr 2008 at 13:26

Sharks fly-half Frédéric Michalak has revealed his desire to return to Europe at the end of the Super 14 in order to focus on playing for France again.

Reports in French daily paper L’Equipe suggest that the 25-year-old would be prepared to move to England in a bid to focus on his “supreme goal” of representing France again, according to a story on

Michalak joined Durban-based side the Sharks after last year’s World Cup, but after being forced to miss the Six Nations due to his commitments in the southern hemisphere, he admits he may need to rethink his career.

“I would like to play Super 14 as much as possible,” Michalak told L’Equipe.

“I feel I am progressing but if I want to play for France, I have to return.

“The Six Nations is as big as the Super 14. It is tricky for me – I am enjoying taking part in the Super 14 but at the same time, I was disappointed to miss the Six Nations.

“You can’t have everything. But all the same, France is the supreme goal. Playing for the France team makes you dream.”

Michalak revealed he will make a decision on his future at the end of the month.

“I have offers in England, others in France,” he added.

“I want to continue to work and stay playing at the highest level, like I am here.

“We will see. I am looking at the offers – essentially the players with whom I am going to be playing with.”


  • we’ve got kak at flyhalf, guys…

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.08 13:26:34 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • noooooo rob

    they will move ruan there

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.08 13:30:45 by barend Reply

  • Yeah but only AFTER the S14 so NO WORRIES.

    The CC is a minor competition and Butch has made it clear he will be coming back in the future.

    So I expect/hope/suspect he will be our 10 next season. that will also boost his chances of playing against the Lions which i am sure he wants to do.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.08 13:31:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 1. Think we have a certain amount of kak along the whole backline.

    Interesting article though. Capricious guy.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.08 13:43:07 by Waz Reply

  • Who will we poach from the Cheetahs??? 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.08 13:43:16 by Villie Reply
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  • Sias Ebersohn?

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.08 14:30:59 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Butch on Boots and All last week expressed his wish to return to the Sharks.
    Let them do a basic swop and all will be happy.
    Butch to Sharks, Fred to bath.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.08 14:32:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Simple but very effective solution Salmonoid

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.08 14:40:59 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Fred is French. Not sure he likes to bath 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.08 14:41:54 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • And dont even think of trying to poach Peter Grant.

    Western Province made him a Springbok and he WILL remain loyal to us. 👿

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.08 14:42:41 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • I find this whole turn of events sad. Unofficial word is that Fred is more or less being demanded to come home by the powers that be.

    6nations was a bust..not because of Fred’s absence but because the new coach went a bit too radical in his squad choices.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.08 15:07:07 by milissa Reply

  • Milissa, greetings.
    Are you at work now – it must have been along night for you.
    Yes sad turn of events with Fred but the French team were really poor this last 6 nations and maybe they justwant him “closer to home”

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.08 15:23:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I am at work now..a bit of zombie but I’m here. I was up @ 3:30 this morning to watch the Sharks and grabbed like a hour or so nap before driving in.

    My biggest worry about this whole thing is that Fred is going to go home retake 10 on les bleus..but ML isn’t going to make any other squad changes so the team will show poor again and it’ll all be dumped on Fred’s shoulders.

    Imho ML needs to do a bit better when selecting his starting 15 and mix in the ‘youngsters’ slowly with the older more experienced players so they have a chance to learn from them…instead of fielding a squad of men who’ve not played at the international level yet and expect them to be immediately victorious over more senior and experienced squads.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.08 15:29:54 by milissa Reply

  • Millissa – how’s the French in the title? Is it ok?

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.08 15:30:57 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • It’s good. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.08 15:34:49 by milissa Reply

  • The Boks are butched at flyhalf ❗

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.08 15:44:36 by Kal-El Reply

  • Personally think the experience Fred gets from the S14 would be invaluable for the French side. He’d need more than just one season though.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.08 16:04:52 by Waz Reply

  • Experience that should beem the priviledge of a saffa 10 😡

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.08 16:12:15 by Kal-El Reply

  • Waz

    i tend to agree. There was a article somewhere a while ago intimating that the welsh are going to get their arses kicked becasue of the intensity at which the boks will be able to play because of the ELV’s.

    Eventhough the test are not using the ELV’s.

    I think Michalak will be able to use that same intensity to secure an invaluable spot in the french squad

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.08 16:15:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Michalak is a French spy on a mission to learn how to beat the WC Boks. Sharks should terminate his contract ASAP ❗

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.08 16:23:14 by Kal-El Reply

  • Cru-El 🙂

    It’s to late my mate, we have already beaten you………….. let us use Michalak to beat the other teams now. 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.08 16:28:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • sweet. I am learning

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.08 16:32:11 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • I’ve been learning French for more years than I can count now since I don’t really get to use it much here. Although courtesy of the nuns from my high school, I’ve got the Hail Mary permanently ingrained in my brain..which comes in handy sometimes in those final minutes when we are barely in the lead.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.08 16:38:31 by milissa Reply

  • #21

    KSA, you play US on your last tour match 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.08 16:51:31 by Kal-El Reply

  • PLEASE can you post the Hail Mary in French?

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.04.08 17:05:29 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Watching Boland play Lions in Vodacom Cup – Oom John Daniels still has oodles of pace – left Lions wing Clive Lloyd for dead!

    He is pjld’s biological father too.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.04.08 17:07:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 😆 Ocean

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.04.08 17:08:36 by Kal-El Reply

  • HEhehehehehehe Cru-El

    I used to think that will be the league decider, but it seems YOU have enough of a lead to afford a loss and still be at the top. 🙁

    Will just have to rely on the lions to beat you tomorrow as well. 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.04.08 17:09:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Not a problem. It’ll be posted shortly.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.04.08 17:10:22 by milissa Reply

  • merci beaucoup

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.04.08 17:13:32 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • kette needs the PC. 🙁

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.04.08 17:15:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 328

    daai katjies (translate to english)

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.08 17:15:27 by Kal-El Reply

  • 328 should be #28

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.08 17:16:07 by Kal-El Reply

  • Heya Clarky – hope you kept your strength up for your anniversary celebrations tonight. 😉

    Rob, trying drinking water with your head tilted back – works for my hiccups every time.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.08 17:16:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Au nom du père, et du fils et du saint esprit
    (I’ve also heard ‘Au nom du père, et du fils et de l’esprit saint’ )

    Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce.
    Le Seigneur est avec vous.
    Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
    et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
    Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
    Priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs,
    maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.


    (sorry for the delay..I’ve not yet mastered typing on a US keyboard after switching the language to fingers wind up on all the wrong keys)

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.08 17:18:49 by milissa Reply

  • Also had hiccups earlier. Drink water while closing your nose and leaning forward. Make sure there’s no Stormer behing you though! :mrgreen:

    BF, I’m ready!

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.08 17:19:43 by Kal-El Reply

  • Thanks Millisa. I am a Francophile of note, just wish I spoke more of it.

    Maybe I need to get a French course and listen to it on my Walkman while I run… kill two birds with one stone, kinda thing

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.04.08 17:29:43 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    You shouldn’t throw stones while running – you could trip 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.04.08 17:31:34 by Kal-El Reply

  • Might help. Lately my French use has been limited to comments on myspace & fb to various players & friends. I’ve been listening to a lot of rugby related French over at Canal + b/c they stream the audio broadcast of most of the Top 14 games so I’m able to keep on top of my guys from Toulouse that way.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.04.08 17:38:09 by milissa Reply

  • keep on top of guys from Toulouse? Sounds dirty 🙂

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.04.08 17:51:38 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • See the good gossip you find out when I suffering from slight sleep deprivation. 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.04.08 18:10:24 by milissa Reply

  • and it seems like my ability to type correctly disappears as well.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.04.08 18:12:37 by milissa Reply

  • where is almal now???

    guess who’s been invited to newlands tomorrow??? nogal in the avis suite… :mrgreen:

    die cheaters gaan kak more want wesali stiraloti gaan nuweland toe…

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.04.08 20:43:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Stormers S14 Champions 2008.

    You read it first on RobWorld!


  • Comment 44, posted at 11.04.08 20:49:11 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Oh well, i guess i’ll do a Hmmm and chat with myself.

    So wpw, who do you think will win the S14 titel this year?

    wpw (YNWA): That’s easy, the dark horses will take it against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

    wpw: What makes you think they can beat the Mighty Crusaders on their home ground?

    wpw(YNWA): Well, my ‘sauce’ tells me that Rassie will unleash his secret weapon at prop and the Saders front row wont know what hit them.

    wpw: Ok, firstly. What’s a sauce? Nevermind. What’s the secret weapon?

    wpw(YNWA): Ever heard of a prop called THE GREAT HARD MAN EDDIE ANDREWS?

    wpw: Nope! 🙄

    wpw(YNWA): BOOOOOOM! *unleashes a powerful right hook to the jaw of wpw*

    Don’t you ever blaspheme when TGHMEA’s name is mentioned!

    The End

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.04.08 20:57:32 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • 🙄 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.04.08 20:58:48 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • I wonder what Kal-El is doing on this lovely evening?


  • Comment 47, posted at 11.04.08 21:00:36 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • siesta time!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.04.08 21:01:41 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall…

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.04.08 21:05:05 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Hello wes 🙂

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.04.08 21:19:49 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Good evening all (if there is anyone out there).

    Back from my short cruise – it was devine. Haven’t eaten so much – ever!

    Watched the game at Durban airport while waiting for my flight – wasn’t mega impressed again. Am starting to sound like a stuck record! Far too close for comfort from one of the weaker teams.

    Oh well – suppose we will be saying “a win is a win” again.

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.04.08 21:45:04 by Nessa Reply

  • Okay – so nobody really missed me. 😥

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.04.08 21:55:50 by Nessa Reply

  • I misssed you! ..Just keep missing where you are posting. Just came over from FB.

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.04.08 22:21:55 by milissa Reply

  • Oh wes … I’m worried about you… Go stormers…

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.04.08 03:41:51 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Hi Nessa

    We missed you, but we were in Bangkok so that softened the blow a little. 😉

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.04.08 06:34:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi Milissa – not long now to your trip to SA! 😉

    KSA – what a magnificen picture – that tiger is huge! Must have had a really good time on your trip.

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.04.08 14:28:59 by Nessa Reply


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