Muller move confirmed next week

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 29 Jan 2010 at 18:02
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A report on the BBC website suggests that Ulster RFC will next week confirm the signing of former Sharks captain Johann Muller on a two-year deal.

Although Muller’s Sharks contract is valid until the end of 2010, the report intimates that the necessary negotiations have taken place and that the big lock forward will be released to join Ulster after the Super 14 concludes in May. Another former Sharks stalwart, prop BJ Botha, may well extend his stay at the Belfast club, although Sharksworld still believes he will return to Durban later this year.

Ulster would appear to be out of the running for the services of scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, citing his salary demands as the reason for no deal being reached. From a Sharks perspective, this comes as little consolation. Pienaar is indeed on the market and we need to assume that whoever manages to meet his asking price will ultimately end up securing his services.

Assuming the departure of the du Plessis brothers, the Sharks will now be scratching their heads as they look to plug the holes that are starting to appear in a once-fearsome tight five.

Update: Have a look here for a piece I wrote about Muller and Ruan Pienaar for the Ulster fansite, the Front Row Union.


  • IF we lose all those players it WILL free up a LOT of money and we will be able to get more than good enough replacements.

    It is the professional era and these things happen, no hard feelings to any of the guys if they move.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.10 21:58:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • A lot of big names that could make a possible move. This could really set us back a season or two while we rebuild. Let’s hope that we find even better replacements for them.

    On a personal note thou I don’t blame Ruan for wanting to make a move. I hope he can establish him self in one position with out any interference. Hopefully he can find that spark and confidence he so clearly lacks at the moment. Even thou I will hate to see him go.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.10 10:42:53 by Farlington Reply
  • @Farlington (Comment 2) : would also hate to lose Ruan, but I fear he is already lost to SA Rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.10 10:53:17 by robdylan Reply
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