Another Cheetah-Bok to go?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Springboks on 22 Jun 2008 at 18:46

Springbok prop CJ van der Linde could be lost to South African rugby, a report has claimed.

The Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reported that Van der Linde could quit the country for an overseas contract and asked for a private chat with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers this week to try and find a way of staying in South Africa, according to news24.

De Villiers has already lured Bok captain John Smit, lock Victor Matfield and fullback Percy Montgomery back to South Africa and also negotiated a return for flyhalf Butch James. Van der Linde, who played his 50th Test match against Italy on Saturday at Newlands, has reportedly been seriously considering offers from European clubs but first wanted to talk to the Bok coach before making a decision.

The report said Van der Linde will sign for a club in Europe next week, unless a compromise can be found which will keep him in South Africa.


  • Pity, But another BloemBoy to earn Euro’s

    Well who can blame him?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.06.08 18:54:44 by Oranje Orakel Reply
  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 1) : He’s not a very good prop anyway 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.06.08 19:22:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Gives away too many penalties for my liking and has never convinced me he’s a great scrummager. His best asset is his workrate!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.06.08 21:41:58 by Villie Reply
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  • To be quite honest, there is not a better prop to wear the 17 jersey for the Boks. He can be dynamic when he comes on, and he scrums decently (not great) on both sides of the scrum. There is nobody in SA that really comes close to fitting this bill other than Deon Carstens, with Mujati a distant third. We may think he is not a very good prop or gives away too many penalties, but just think about the Bok match day 22 and how much weaker it is without one of the three props being able to play on both sides. At least he is going about this the right way, talking to PdV and trying to work out a way to stay in SA BEFORE signing a contract overseas.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.06.08 22:30:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : Agree that he is a valuable member of the Bok match day 22. he is also experienced and we don’t have many props with 50 Boks caps. So I wouldn’t want to lose him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.06.08 22:48:41 by Villie Reply
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  • Must say, I can’t figure out how he got to 50. I reckon at least 30 of them are Ollie-caps

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.08 00:44:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I reckon it could be a good thing for him to join a really good forward based club for a season or two… he’ll come back as a far more polished prop and even more devastating for the Boks…

    Perhaps SARU should send a few more of our props over…

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.08 03:11:32 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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