‘Strike’ threat to Springbok tour

Written by (Quinnyshark)

Posted in :Bulls, Springboks on 28 Apr 2008 at 13:00

The Bakkies saga takes yet another nastier twist, as BBC Sports is reporting that a player strike could deprive South Africa of a further three of their World Cup winning squad for Wales’ summer tour.   

A legal dispute threatens to rule out Brian Habana, Bakkies Botha and Wynand Olivier out of the June series.

All three are threatening to go on strike over a dispute Botha is having with the South African rugby union over a planned move to French side Toulon.

Flanker Schalk Burger is also a doubt after he injured his knee on Friday.

The strike threat has loomed because lock Botha is represented by Habana’s father Bernie, who also acts for his son and centre Olivier, with the trio all threatening to strike over the forward’s ongoing dispute.

Botha wants to join Toulon from his current Super 14 side the Blue Bulls and has already signed a contract with the French second division club.

But the Bulls and the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU), who Botha is also contracted to, have refused to release him and are preventing him from moving abroad.

As a result, Botha has turned to the courts in an attempt to have his Bulls contract declared null and void while SARFU has not confirmed whether his Springbok contract is part of his court application.

The dispute is likely to end up before the Labour Court in Johannesburg as early as Wednesday.

SARFU’s potential squad problems do not end there as its current selection policy states that only three overseas-based players can be selected at any one time.

Currently World Cup-winning stars John Smit, Victor Matfield and Percy Montgomery all play in France while winger Butch James plays for Bath.

Hooker Smit’s place in the team looks to be assured after new national coach Peter de Villiers named him as captain but that means at least one of the others will not find a place in the test team.

Wales face South Africa in two tests starting with a game at Bloemfontein on 7 June and ending with a second clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 14 June.


  • Gee I hope we don’t lose Wynand from the Bok squad…..

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.08 13:16:55 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • I’m afraid the BBC has probably picked this up from 365 or news24/sapa.

    Storm in a misplaced tea cup IMO.

    The Players never said a word it was their Agent Bernie Banana (who else) who said they would strike if the BBRU didn’t release Bakkies.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.08 13:23:12 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Eish Bernie Banana (I like that) really likes to hold teams to ransom. Its just not on though, & he’s singlehandedly damaging the reputation of player-agents.

    I think its time SARFU god rid of him somehow.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.08 13:27:23 by Le Requinny Reply
  • The quote as it appeared in the press ORIGINALLY.

    Ten spyte daarvan het Habana sr in die hofstukke bevestig hy het namens Botha onderhandel en selfs verder gegaan deur na bewering:

    * Te dreig dat as Botha nie vrygestel word van sy kontrak nie, Botha, Olivier en Bryan hulle sal onttrek aan die span;

    Inspite thereof Habana Snr. confirmed in Court documents that he represents Botha in negotiation and even went further by alledgedly:

    * Threatening that if Botha was not released from his contract then Botha, Olivier and Haban would withdraw from the team.

    I like the “na bewering” (alledgedly) bit that they thrw in there, just incase he didn’t actually threaten that.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.08 13:28:47 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Dunno how Bernie keeps this up without being a registered agent.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.08 14:11:38 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Amazing thing is that the BBRU say they have informed Bakkies and other about Bernie not being an agent.

    Cool so they have done that, but then still continue to negotiate with him. 🙄 Smacks to me of covering their own arses. “We warned the players, that he couldn’t negotiate on their behalf” “But we didn’t mind negotiating with him” 😕 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.08 14:16:43 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Winger Butch James??????

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.08 09:54:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • slowest wing in world rugby 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.08 09:56:49 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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    slowest wing in world rugby 😉
    Comment 8 of 8, posted at 29.04.08 09:56:49 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!)

    Akona Ndungane??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.08 10:06:58 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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    Aikôna Endagaanhy toe NIE so vinnig.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.08 10:18:57 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • And to think Akona is a Springbok. 😯

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.08 10:39:09 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Strike, my backside. They won’t do it & it would do them more harm than good.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.08 11:10:52 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Strike your backside? You into that sort of thing? 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.08 11:30:00 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.08 11:31:17 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Maybe Racheltjie is an Aussie cricketer in disguise 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.08 11:39:55 by Me2 Reply

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  • oops 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.08 11:40:35 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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