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Bakkies takes Bulls to court

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 25 Apr 2008 at 07:32
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The Labour Court in Johannesburg will consider on Wednesday a motion in which Springbok lock forward Bakkies Botha asks for his contract with the Blue Bulls Company to be declared null and void.

Morris Gilbert reports for Beeld that Botha wants to continue his career by playing for the French club Toulon but both the Blue Bulls and SA Rugby have refused to release him from his contracts.

Botha extended his Blue Bulls contract by five years last year and has also signed a new Springbok contract.

Jonathan Stones, chief executive of SA Rugby, was not available on Thursday to say whether Botha’s Springbok contract was part of the application.

Barend van Graan, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, said Botha’s application would be opposed.

Van Graan said Botha would ask the labour court to declare his Blue Bulls contract invalid. This would force the company to release him so that he could continue his career at Toulon without prejudice of rights.

According to news releases from Toulon, Botha should have reported to the club on April 1 already.

Warnings have been issued that Botha may be sued for breach of contract if he does not report at the club.

No negative influence

Toulon’s deadline has come and gone and the Bulls continued to select Botha for their Super 14 run-on team.

Botha has not tried to explain, after all the speculation about his future, how he managed to commit to Toulon while he had valid contracts with the Blue Bulls and SA Rugby.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has said repeatedly that Botha’s much-discussed plans do not have a negative influence on his game.

The Labour Court’s findings may have far-reaching consequences for rugby in South Africa, especially if Botha is released from his contractual commitments.

Botha is represented by Bernie Habana, who also negotiated the Blue Bulls contracts of Bryan Habana and Wynand Olivier.

According to information, their contracts and that of Botha correspond almost to the letter. Their contracts also run until the end of 2011.

Bryan Habana is a rugby icon far beyond South Africa’s borders and European and British clubs will fall over each other to acquire his services if there were the slightest possibility.

That Botha has turned to the labour court will surely result in his involvement in the Bulls’ last three Super 14 matches being reconsidered.


  • This is just ridiculous now

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.08 08:02:38 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I think Bakkies read the article of Vic on Keo and decided he needs to get to France FAST!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.08 08:05:27 by Clayton Reply
  • This doesn’t become you Bakkies. This doesn’t become you at all. You leapt at the Bulls offer when they made it- dont be a fair-weather friend now. A contract is an undertaking that a man gives- let your word be your bond.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.08 08:06:54 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • πŸ™‚ 6mil will make you want to go. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.08 08:07:09 by KSA Shark Β© (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • And you mos know Bakkies is a kerk broer, apparently Vic is god in Toulon and he really wants to be closer to god.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.08 08:10:18 by Clayton Reply
  • Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has said repeatedly that Botha’s much-discussed plans do not have a negative influence on his game.

    YEAH…sure…. πŸ˜‰

    I suppose he thought he was a Blue (bulls) eyed boy and would have no problem getting out of his contract… πŸ™„

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.08 08:12:34 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Well thats different then! I always make allowance for a man on a mission from Glod!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.08 08:14:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Hey Fish! Good to see you again! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.08 08:15:31 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Hey Ice! Would you like to see more of me? I hear you are having trouble finding company at night. That struck me as rather an atypical situation for you.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.08 08:23:14 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Easy Fish! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.08 08:24:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Do you know sumthing I dont…. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.08 08:29:29 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Good morning everyone!

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.08 08:30:15 by Nessa Reply

  • Oh look- its the Brad Barrit groupie! Rob, the unmitigated glee with which you posted that article was all too apparent. Lets see if the Sharks fall apart without Brad tomorrow. In my opinion, that article and is based on so much unfounded conjecture and assumption. I like Brad, but fail to see all there superhuman attributes you guys ascribe to him at the moment.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.08 08:34:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Morning Ness – Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope you have a great year and a fan-fabulous day!!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜€

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.08 08:34:23 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Good morning Nessa! I’m about to go off and face my bank, Telkom and Eskom today- everybody has to be nice to me. Ice- I reckon there could be a few things that I am aware of and you aren’t. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.08 08:36:45 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Apparently so, Fish….apparently so… 😯

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.08 08:39:31 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Happy Birthday, Ness

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.08 08:42:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Happy Birthday Nessa!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you enjoy the day.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.08 08:43:34 by KSA Shark Β© (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Thank you everyone. I go on leave today and my boss is overseas – so I am going off for lunch and then home. Nice way to spend your birthday.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.08 08:44:31 by Nessa Reply

  • Happy Birthday Nessa! May you have an amazing day and a stupendous year- and may each successive birthday surpass the previous one. Here is hoping that we will be celebrating 2100 together!

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.08 08:46:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Ksa, found out that I can keep my uk visa in my old passport as long as I travel with both. If I transfer it, it’s going to cost Β£160!

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.08 08:48:12 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Hi BF – thank you. A nice easy day for me (for a change).

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.08 08:49:38 by Nessa Reply

  • I don’t get it. Does the 5 year contract with the Bulls have a get out clause? Can’t that dude from Toulon pay a transfer fee to keep Bulls happy?

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.08 09:00:41 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • rachel

    It seems not. It seems when they (Habana, Bakkies and Olivier) used the Sharks as bait to get a long term contract from the Bulls last year they screwed themselves.

    Slim vang sy baas? or My Agent is a Dunce.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.08 09:02:56 by KSA Shark Β© (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Hahaha hahaha Oops sorry Bulls supporters (not)
    When I spoke to some Bulls supporters regarding Bakkies wants to leave they told me it is Bullsh**t. This same Bull supporter came to me on Tuesday and told me the Sharks were [email protected] second halve and don’t blame the ref..blah blah blah. He don’t want to answer his phone this morning. ..Would love to hear his opinion regarding Boots and All last night and about this Bakkies news. 😈 😈

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.08 09:05:32 by Reds Reply

  • Thanks KSA. Seems there’s egg bound for a face. Something else that seem stupid in my books is players using a parent as an agent. πŸ™„

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.04.08 09:05:36 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Rachel


    I MAY understand (not agree) it if some players father wants his moment in the sun and becomes his son’s agent but to take some guy who is your mate and make his father your agent is just plain Bulls………..Ag i mean stupid.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.04.08 09:09:36 by KSA Shark Β© (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Reds.

    πŸ˜† Send him an email πŸ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.04.08 09:10:14 by KSA Shark Β© (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • but Bernie isn’t even an official agent

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.04.08 09:36:02 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • A few comments, if I may.

    First and foremost, Bakkies did not sign a contract with Toulon – he signed a Letter of Intent. There is a huge difference.

    This is starting to grate me a bit and does the people of Pretoria no favours in my eyes.
    Whjy is it that when the Bulls are playing well their players and supporters are unbearable but then as soon as their form starts to wane everybody and their dog wants to jump ship and no attends the games.

    Bakkies is an idiot. How you employ Bernie Habana, an unlicenced agent it must be added, to negotiate a five-friggin-year contract is beyond me.

    You made your bed Bakkies…

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.04.08 11:10:42 by VinChainSaw Reply

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