Sarries sign Wikus, chase Habana

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 28 Apr 2008 at 20:49
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Reports in the UK press today indicate that Bulls flanker Wikus van Heerden has signed for Saracens.

Bok flanker van Heerden, son of lock Moaner and nephew of the former Sharks blinside flank (also Wikus) will join up with the Watford-based club in time for the new Northern Hemisphere season, which should kick off towards the end of the year. He will replace retiring England back rower Richard Hill.

The good news doesn’t stop there for Sarries fans, though, as a group of SA-based investors have announced an £8 Million cash injection, allowing Nigel Wray and his team to hunt the signatures of a number of top internationals, including that of Bok winger Bryan Habana. Habana has been in the news of late; he is roped up in the dodgy Bakkies Botha contract saga and one would imagine that if Botha should successfully get out of his long-term Bulls deal, Habana himself would shortly follow suit.

Flyin’ Bryan could no doubt demand a pay packet to rival the rumoured £375k a year that Victor Matfield has been offered by Northampton. The Brits are not shying away from the big numbers at the moment, with Nick Evans rumoured to have put pen to paper on a deal that will see him join Harlequins for £300k per annum.

The only thing that now remains to be seen is whether any European club will be desperate enough to pick up the services of Wynand Olivier, the other member of the “Bernie Habana club” who is involved in industrial action against the embattled Pretoria union.


  • How profitable are the European Clubs? I thought there was a salary cap in the UK?

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.08 22:43:01 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • well, if there is, it’s a very high one!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.08 22:47:28 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • The current cap is just over £2.2million, but a series of allowances covering aspects such as large squad sizes and long-term injuries, can take the threshold up to £3.4million.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.08 22:53:03 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • The salary cap for England’s top rugby union sides will be increased to £4 million from next season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.08 22:53:54 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Would be interesting to know how much the big 5 unions in SA spend on salaries a year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.08 22:55:28 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • to little by far
    and they cannot increase it, it will cause to much harm to the president’s expense budget.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.08 01:50:47 by fyndraai Reply
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  • the other member of the “Bernie Habana club” who is involved in industrial action against the embattled Pretoria union.

    😆 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.08 06:44:03 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • From 365.

    And that is not where it ends.

    Bulls scrumhalf and captain Fourie du Preez is also looking to continue his career abroad, after receiving a number of offers from European clubs.

    Neither player, Van Heerden and Du Preez, have taken up the offers put on the table by the Bulls and are expected to make public their future plans once the Super 14 ends next month.

    One thing is VERY clear. Obviously van Heerden and Du Preez’ agent(s) does his job on advising his players a lot better than Banana Bernie.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.08 06:48:08 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Whatever happened to”dis soos ‘n familie hier by loftus”

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.08 07:15:25 by Clayton Reply
  • Nou dat die Familie begin drink het, wil hulle mekaar bliksem. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.08 07:21:28 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.08 07:28:32 by Clayton Reply
  • Great replacement for Richard Hill… no ways PDV will keep Wickus in the mix… good move…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.08 09:42:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • We have toooooo many GOOD loosies at the moment and even though Wikus won’t let ANY Bok side down there are jut to many around at the moment for him to get the nod.

    So I agree.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.08 09:45:02 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Sharks could have used Wikus…

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.08 10:03:14 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #14
    Or they can start with Frans @ 7 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.08 10:05:25 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Frans would make a superb loose forward in the new game…

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.08 10:51:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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