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Aussies could raid SA rugby reserves

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 6 Sep 2008 at 07:00

A change in the Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) policy on foreign players competing in the Super 14 rugby tournament represents a massive threat to South African rugby.

The ARU voted on Friday to allow Australian teams to each recruit up to two foreign players for next year’s Super 14 — overturning a previous rule that only players eligible for the Wallabies could take part in the competition.

Dan Retief writes for SuperRugby that with four Super 14 teams, the Waratahs, the Brumbies, the Reds and the Force, this means there will immediately be eight places open to foreigners and it appears certain Australian scouts will target South Africa’s rich rugby reserves.

South Africans such as Tiaan Strauss, Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone have in recent years turned out for the Wallabies and the Australian Super 14 teams will almost certainly look for prospects in South Africa — especially props and other tight forwards who are in short supply down under.

On their recent tour to South Africa the Wallabies were accompanied by David Nucifora, the former Brumbies and Auckland Blues coach who is now Australia’s director of coaching, and it is rumoured he left these shores with a briefcase bulging with the CVs of many outstanding young South African players looking to follow in the footsteps of Vickerman and Rathbone.

There are conditions attached to the relaxation of Australia’s Foreign Player Policy, but none which will deter a South African determined to seek greener pastures.

Australian provinces will be allowed to sign one “marquee” foreigner — an international who can never qualify for Australian selection because of an IRB regulation that limits players to one country representation throughout their careers.

The Australian Provinces will also be able to contract a second “developing” foreign player who has yet to represent his native country at test, Sevens or A-team level and could qualify for the Wallabies after three years of consecutive residency, as per IRB regulations.

If a Province decides not to recruit an established overseas international, it can sign two development players.

However, the signing of two overseas test/sevens/A-team players will not be permitted.

Restrictions will also apply to the contract period for a foreign star, with the overseas test/sevens/A-team player limited to a two-year stint at any one team.

Super Rugby teams wanting to recruit any foreign player will need to make an application to ARU before proceeding, to ensure compliance with the ARU’s development plans and programmes.

The ARU also re-affirmed its policy not to consider for Wallabies selection any player based overseas.

Strong rumours have been circulating in local rugby circles recently that senior Springboks are considering a move to Australia — with Perth, which is so much closer to South Africa, apparently a preferred destination.


  • Heard this all before. 8 players and they won’t all be saffas. Storm in a teacup

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.08 07:51:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Just in case you don’t know, Sky are showing both the WP v Cheetahs & Sharks v Bulls games.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.08 08:30:41 by McLovin Reply

  • I’m sure I checked Sky website all week except yesterday, and on there they didn’t have the matches above. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.08 08:31:39 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :


    I am looking for a WP fan ssomwhere to do the commentary for the Sharks game so that I can WATCH the game. 😉

    I will be doing WP commentary in return 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.08 08:46:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Hehehe, you will be doing the WP commentary anyway…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.08 08:49:20 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : If only we could find such a person. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.08 08:50:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Agree. Small storm if you look at it that way. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.08 08:50:53 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • If I’m about I might do some commentary. But as I only found out this morning about Sky deciding to show the matches live, there will be some fierce late negotiations with the missus as I sort of committed to a uitstappie today. 😐

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.09.08 08:52:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 06.09.08 08:53:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    No worries if you ain’t around. it is a much safer option keeping the missus happy. 😉 (She knows where you sleep)

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.09.08 08:54:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I need one of those hats with the beer cans attached, so I can type and drink.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.09.08 08:55:01 by McLovin Reply

  • I are off. Koebaai till later.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.09.08 09:00:59 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.09.08 09:01:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Boet, how do I get this picture of mine bigger? The size that it show at the Fantasy League log?

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.09.08 09:06:55 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 14) :

    No that can’t happen.

    As big as you have it there is as big as it gets.

    You can crop the edges off of your existing one and try and keep it as square as possible to enlarge it slightly.

    compare the size of my and mcLovins pics with yours. Ours are bigger coz they are square. (has to do with aspect ratios)

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.09.08 09:13:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : REALLY???? WHERE? WHEN? I AM SO HAPPY!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.09.08 09:20:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • 4pm on SS Extra. Shit, McLovin, you have just improved my day by 1000%!

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.09.08 09:22:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I aim to please. 😀 Only found out by accident myself. Blerrie Sky.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.09.08 10:00:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Now to hold onto your TV set though… 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.09.08 10:35:23 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 19) :

    Oh the joys of having a TV in the bedroom 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.09.08 10:44:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : That is for older people. Rob are still too young for that….

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.09.08 10:46:17 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 19) : It’s ok. I have first pick when it’s a sharks game

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.09.08 10:55:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) :

    😆 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.09.08 11:07:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 😯 😯 😀

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  • Comment 24, posted at 06.09.08 11:39:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Easy. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    How do you think I understood you thus far?? 😈 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.09.08 12:03:34 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 25) :

    😳 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.09.08 12:09:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Some new news:apparently the western force have contacted bismarc du plessis about joining them,and a springbok player is blackmailing peter dv with a sex tape oregon hoskins confirmed this

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.09.08 13:30:41 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • Apparently-the player wants to be assured of a place in the match 22

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.09.08 13:32:19 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • the player wants to be assured of a place in the match 22

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.09.08 13:33:55 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 27) :

    The first portion i would be interested in the second portion i couldn’t care less about.

    Now where did you get the first portion? 😉

    Bare in mind though that Toulon contacted Ruan Pienaar as well and he told them where to get off.

    Anyone can contact anyone. 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.09.08 13:34:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The first portion i saw on super14.com and it says bis has a buyout clause in his contract

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.09.08 13:38:16 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 31) :

    cool will go and have a look thanks

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.09.08 13:39:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The first portion i saw on super14.com and it says bismarc has a buyout clause in his contract

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.09.08 13:39:53 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 33) :

    is there an echo in here ❓ ❓ ❓ 😛 😆

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.09.08 13:42:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From rugby365.com-media lliason officer and unnamed player blackmail pdv with sex video filmed in east london

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.09.08 13:47:49 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • From Rugbyweek.com

    As with any sauce though I will believe it when I see it.

    Force close in on Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis

    The Western Force have already identified Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis as one player who could fill one of their two vacancies for foreigners in the 2009 Super 14 season.

    Earlier this week the ARU rubber stamped the rule change that will allow each Australian team to field two foreign “marquee” players in a move that is designed to make the Super 14 more appealing.
    The move allows teams to play players who will assist the team but not at the detriment to the Wallabies.

    A Force official yesterday revealed to The West Australian that the club had made contact with du Plessis who is said to have an escape clause in his South African contract if he was concerned about game time.

    If so, he can make himself available because the Springboks’ World Cup winning captain, John Smit, is back in Durban after a season with French side Clermont and will not want to finish his career on the Sharks’ bench.

    Even if du Plessis is available and affordable, the ARU will have the final say on whether he joins the Force because the national body wants only foreign players who suit their development strategy.

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.09.08 13:52:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 35) :

    DUDE don’t exagerate things. The 365 article says NOTHING that the media liason is blackmailing PDV.

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.09.08 13:56:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • read it properly dude

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.09.08 14:12:20 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 38) :

    Please copy and paste the piece where is says that the media liason is blackmailing PDV.

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.09.08 14:48:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Here’s news24’s take on the PdV story.


  • Comment 40, posted at 06.09.08 16:27:37 by McLovin Reply


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