Michalak hungry for Currie AND Cassoulet!

Written by (Quinnyshark)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Sharks on 15 May 2008 at 14:10

It’s official – in a move that will set off a domino effect (for the likes of Dan Carter and Gaffie du Toit at least), France international flyhalf Frederic Michalak has signed a three-year deal with his former club Toulouse, according to the French Top 14 club’s website and the following report from rugby365.com.

Michalak left Toulouse, for whom he had played the past six previous seasons, last year to join South African Super 14 side the Sharks.

According to Toulouse, the Frenchman will return to Toulouse in October, once he has finished playing for the Sharks in their Currie Cup campaign.

After days of speculation on his eventual return to France, the 25-year-old player told L’Equipe newspaper he has now made up his mind.

“A lot of clubs came up with great offers, as much on the sporting as the financial level,” he said.

I’ve always felt very close to Toulouse, but I still needed a bit of time to consider my options, to decide,” added the No.10.

Michalak, who has won 50 caps for France, is reported to have received offers from Biarritz, second division side Toulon and from several English clubs.

He is currently sidelined until the end of July with a left knee ligament injury.


  • So Toulouse now have the internationals Michalak, Skrela & the plucky young Valentin Courrent now to cover flyhalf.

    Guess that spells the end for Gaffie du Toit in Toulouse… any takers for a veteran flyhalf/fullback back in SA? Some how I think he’s going to wind up at the Cheetahs for a swansong…

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.08 14:13:06 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 1) : Ummm – hang on. Does this then confirm that Fred will play for us in the Currie Cup?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.08 14:15:21 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 2) :

    Oui! Oui! Oui!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.08 14:19:52 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Sure hope that Bernie was not involved in this one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.08 14:25:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • LOL, this is Michalak on the false rumours that he might joing a UK club:

    “C’est surtout la mentalité anglaise qui ne m’inspirait pas”

    It is especially the english mentality that doesn’t inspire me! :mrgreen:

    On the rumours involving Toulon:

    “le choix de Toulon comportait encore beaucoup d’incertitudes”

    The choice of Toulon still comprises too many incertainties (Top14 qualification etc, Umaga’s future).

    Seems he was very close to signing for Biarritz though – they offered the bigger financial package & he seems to like the lifestyle there, but in the end his history with the club, family, friends, and Satde Toulousain’s rich European championship history seemes to have swayed him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.08 14:27:45 by Le Requinny Reply
  • …in addition to the prospects of Dan Carter sneaking in there ahead of him…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.08 14:28:45 by Le Requinny Reply
  • I think that is good for the Sharks…

    Your backline looked best when he was in it…

    And also think he will be better under Plum….

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.08 14:31:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • Good to see the chap has a bit of integrity in this modern world of mercenary rugby – honouring his commitment to the Sharks & staying loyal to his home club.

    Wonder if he read my rant the other day, calling him a prima donna :mrgreen: !

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.08 14:35:05 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 7) :

    I heard that you have been having the odd problem or two with people disagree with you….but I have to differ with you, I think we have been looking better with Pienaar at 10. There maybe a problem in the Currie Cup because I don’t think Pienaar will make the Bok Squad and then we may have a slection poser….again

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.08 14:35:25 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) :

    I think your backline has been more consistent with Pienaar…agreed…
    But your backline look much more threatening with Freddie…and we are talking about a handful of minutes here…

    If he is settled into 10…under plum…I tell you are going to have a much better backline come the CC…

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.08 14:38:49 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 10) :

    He actually made things happen….and I think your backline was just to slow then to play off of him…

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.08 14:39:37 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) :

    Squad depth, Dive Pass, squad depth. We looked very thin during last year’s CC, and assuning there are Bok injuries Ruan may be called up…

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.08 14:39:53 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) :

    And I have no problem with people that have their own opinion….might not always agree…..

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.08 14:40:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • If Fred is sticking around for the CC…what does that mean for RP ?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.08 14:40:49 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 12) :

    True ,just hope Plum is more consistent in this selections

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.08 14:42:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 15) :

    Amen to that!

    I really hope that this is an indication that the NRU are serious about the Currie Cup this year – 12 years is getting FAR too long…

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.08 14:46:36 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 16) : Amen to that!

    I really hope we don’t end up without 10 of our stars again. I just don’t see what purpose would be served.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.08 15:02:09 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • woohoo! This is happy news! My Fred is staying home and staying at the Sharks for CC. 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.05.08 21:41:58 by Milissa Reply


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