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Import law change sets course for Bismarck

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Sep 2008 at 14:02
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Western Force have set about raising the Bismarck.

WA’s Super 14 rugby team have sounded out Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis about a move from the Durban-based Sharks to Perth as their main import next season in a foreign recruiting plan the Australian Rugby Union confirmed yesterday.

Dave Hughes writes for The West Australian that the ARU board voted to lift a longstanding ban preventing Australia’s four Super 14 teams from contracting any player not qualified to represent the Wallabies.

The policy shift enables clubs to acquire an international unable to play for Australia, because of the rule which limits a player to representing only one nation during his career, plus a developing player who has not yet represented the country of his birth, enabling him to naturalise after three years in Australia.

The West Australian broke the news on August 8 that du Plessis would be a priority for the Force, and coach John Mitchell’s revelation yesterday he was seeking a hooker and a tighthead prop to bolster the front row confirmed the club’s interest in the rake.

A Force official yesterday revealed the club had made contact with du Plessis, 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 Cupwinning 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.

The ARU board chose not to relax its foreign policy to the extent of allowing overseas-based Australians to represent the Wallabies.

This rules out any chance of forwards Dan Vickerman and Rocky Elsom participating in the November tour of Europe, after they signed deals to play in England and Ireland respectively.

Elsom’s absence opens the way for Wallabies squad member and Force loose forward Richard Brown to earn a Test cap.


  • There is a big difference between contacting the guy and him agreeing to go to Aus.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.08 14:04:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well he can’t play for Aus. Maybe send him as a spy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.08 15:39:49 by McLovin Reply
  • The most blatant of intentions by any union of poaching players.

    Don’t be suprised to see a all SA front row come the next WC.

    If I were them I’d set my sights on Hienke VDM.

    Best he gets capped soon or else I fear he is goner.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.08 15:46:00 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 3) :


  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.08 16:02:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agree. This is all speculation and reeks of agent mischief.

    btw, heinke has been capped.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.08 16:59:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Matfield already arguing with the Ref

    Matfield you are my HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.08 17:15:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : 👿 wrong thread

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.08 17:15:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : last years 3N?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.09.08 12:54:06 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 8) :

    Last year yes, but against Wales on the EOYT

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.09.08 13:10:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • aaah yes!

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.09.08 13:20:01 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 10) :

    I had to use the SARU profiles to check, I was also under the impression he wasn’t capped. 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.09.08 13:24:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    You could have checked my squad page as well, it’s up to date with the players Lions and Bok caps


  • Comment 12, posted at 07.09.08 20:21:48 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) : good to know

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.09.08 20:38:57 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) :

    Hmmm, I should remember that.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.09.08 20:58:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Damn Aussies. Can’t produce any front row forwards worth their salt, so decide to try and poach! Idiots.

    I fear they will go for our most promising Under 21 props, just how they went for Vickermann after he played for Bok U21. Damn convicts!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.09.08 21:35:44 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 15) : force and reds already chasing a paarl gym prop.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.09.08 22:13:23 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • From SuperRugby

    by Gavin Rich | 08 September 2008 (08:48)

    The Western Force have been the first to flex their muscles in what can be seen as the first in a series of impending raids on South African playing resources, but the Sharks have stood firm against the first assault.

    The Force, coached by John Mitchell, tried to make a move on the big Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis, also one of the consistent form players in the Springbok team in the recent Tri-Nations. However, Du Plessis is contracted to the Sharks until the end of 2009, and the Sharks let it be known in a statement issued on Sunday that they won’t be letting Du Plessis go.

    “Bismarck is contracted to us until December 2009 and we will not release him,” said the statement.

    The Australian Rugby Union announced this past weekend that it is to relax its rule that only players who qualify for the Wallabies can play for their franchises in the Super 14 and it is understood that the South African talent pool has been targeted.

    Interesting. I am a firm believer in a player honouring his contract but also a firm believer that a player who doesn’t want to be in a team is not much use.

    That said, I think Bismarck DOES want to be a Shark.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.09.08 10:28:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i saw john smit in his interview on that luvSport-show, and he said that his contract with the sharks also expires in Dec 2009. i really think john will only be with us until then. (at the end of the 2009 lions tour) then he will maybe end his career in europe??

    Bis still young, i think he will become a sharks legend!! hope we can keep him till he`s 50!! (should still be better than skipper at 50) 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.09.08 11:38:30 by VanWilder Reply

  • Sharks thwart Aussie raid
    An audacious Australian move to poach Sharks and Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis has been blocked by the Sharks. [ Full Story… ]

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.09.08 11:38:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • ksa mate thats the headlines in mercury
    i cant access the full story

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.09.08 11:41:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 20) :

    No worries, i think we have the important bit above from Gavin Rich.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.09.08 11:47:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yea its on Voldy to, Sharks blocked the move, Bissie’s contract runs to 2009

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.09.08 11:50:31 by Sauce Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) :

    I agree, we just need to ensure that when john does leave as I expect he will, that we have Bismarck there.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.09.08 11:53:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Force would need to take Jannie as well… problem is, neither is available for Aus so they wouldn’t be able to contract both.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.09.08 13:27:13 by robdylan Reply
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