Fresh du Plessis exit rumours surface

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 3 Aug 2011 at 07:00
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The Twitterverse is again abuzz this morning, with the oft-reliable Tank Lanning getting silly season under way by announcing that Bok front row duo, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis, will be leaving the Sharks at the end of the Currie Cup. The tweet in question is, infuriatingly, devoid of any further details, such as the alleged destination of the pair, or the source of this information.

We’d urge our readers to take this one with a pinch of salt – if not dismiss it outright, at least until some sort of concrete information surfaces. Does concrete ever really surface, come to think of it? That’s starting to look like one seriously mixed metaphor, but I digress. The reality is, though, that Bismarck and Jannie as a package deal represents a hugely attractive proposition and it really isn’t any surprise that the pair have options other than staying put at the Sharks. It’s hardly a secret that their contracts come up for renewal at the end of the year, so speculation is inevitable.

There have been rumours doing the rounds for ages, with virtually every side in Australia and France linked with one or both of the brothers at some stage over the last year or two. The reality, though, is that their love of the farm they own together in Bethlehem is such that they are very unlikely to move anywhere that isn’t within easy commuting distance of it. If big-money offers are coming in from Europe, then it’s kind of inevitable that the brothers, together with Gerrie Swart, would be weighing them up – probably with a view to getting the Sharks to up the ante themselves. My view, though, is that after much huffing and puffing, the pair will stay in Durban for at least two more years, allowing them to still earn some nice dosh while being within spitting distance of their farm.

With both sure to be regular starters for the Sprinboks from 2012 onwards – and a new national coach to take the helm, with an as-yet unknown stance on foreign-based players – that must surely be another factor that would seriously dissuade the brothers from looking at an overseas move right now.


  • just wouldn’t make sense for them to leave now with john out of the picture. From what i’ve heard they seem to be loving life in durbs as well. Logic says its just a rumour, let’s hope so…

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.08.11 07:43:05 by RuckingFun Reply
  • I don’t know Rob: this is a rumour that I can actually credit. Agree that we shouldn’t get all excited yet, but I will not be stunned if this comes to pass.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.08.11 07:54:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • so it seems THIS is the story…

    Devoid of anything even remotely factual… what’s more, there’s nothing on the Beeld website about it either.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.08.11 07:54:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    hehe .. i wouldent trust Beeld either … according to them John Smith and JP pietersen is playing for the Lions ATM … 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.08.11 07:56:32 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : well, there’s always a silver lining.

    Herbst is a young man who is going to go far and could even become a Bok next year. Him and van Staden can cover 3 and in Burden and Cooper we have able deputies for Bismarck. Not saying that the DuP brothers aren’t wonderful assets in our team, but if they do decide to chase greener pastures, we’ll be ok.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.08.11 07:56:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : who’s John Smith?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.08.11 07:57:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here we go again…

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.08.11 07:59:47 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    With you on that.

    The Bros are approaching 30, and after a 2nd WC, may decide to experience a bit of forrin life for a bit.

    I hope they stay, of course. Bismark is reaching his true potential now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.08.11 08:00:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : isn’t it a beer?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.08.11 08:01:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 9) : can’t tell you how it bugs me that the guy, after 104 Bok caps, nearly 80 of which as captain, still has common fans getting his name wrong…

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.08.11 08:04:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • It would be a pity if we lose them, but as mentioned it won’t be a train smash. We have players that are hungry to cement their spot in the team. And with Plum’s outlook on rather sticking with the younger players I feel we are building towards a very rosy future.

    But in saying that, I still hope the brothers stay in Durban.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.08.11 08:08:10 by Farlington Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Easy on the Lion supporters. They just got news that Vermaak will be running out for the Bulls next year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.08.11 08:10:49 by Farlington Reply

  • my apologies . John Smit

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.08.11 08:11:21 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : true but perhaps folks are confused because he is a soutie

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.08.11 08:38:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • Bismarc is one of my favourite players ,liked him since before he had made his name! Much like willem alberts! It would be terrible to loose them however burden and cooper -both durban boys ,would not let us down .

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.08.11 08:46:05 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 15) : Who is Bismarc?

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.08.11 08:56:14 by Greg Reply

  • It would be easier to take this “with a pinch of salt” if you hadnt refered to Lanning as “oft-reliable”. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.08.11 08:57:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 16) :


  • Comment 18, posted at 03.08.11 08:59:42 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : I didn’t say ‘ever reliable’ now did I?

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.08.11 09:02:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • If they do leave doubt they will go to another franchise in SA. Probably head off to Europe where they will earn more. Would be a pity.

    Also thinking of the Boks next year. Who says that Bissie will start at hooker? My feeling it will be Chili cause I think Chili will be our next Bok captain. Well think so cause we have been hearing that for a long time too. So maybe the Bissie and Jannie have thought about that too. Does Bissie want to still sit on the bench for the Boks? Probably not. So if they do leave for overseas I won’t be too surprise. But hope they stay at the Sharks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.08.11 09:10:54 by Puma Reply

  • Well the Du Plessis twins πŸ˜† …ditto Ebersohn twins… 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.08.11 09:13:15 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Just saying what would have made it easier to dismiss.
    Did Lanning also break Mosterts movement to France?

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.08.11 09:15:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I were thinking exactly the same thing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.08.11 10:29:07 by Ben Reply
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  • I see SA rugby magazine is quoting Die Beeld. Hope they dont go but if they do good luck to them in their endeavors and we have some fine young talent coming through.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.08.11 10:47:45 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 24) : They are all “quoting”BEELD – yet I cannot find any related article in Beeld…the Sondag however rumoured the same story a few weeks back alread…could they perhaps have their sources wrong?? 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.08.11 10:55:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 25) : Kort nadat John Smit bekend gemaak het dat hy hom nΓ‘ vanjaar se WB-toernooi by die Engelse klubspan Saracens sal aansluit, het Sport24 verneem dat Bismarck du Plessis, en sy broer Jannie, se kontrakte met die Haaie verstryk het. Albei sal dalk nΓ‘ die WB elders speel.

    This is the only paragraph i could find remotely suggesting it – So – because their contracts are up, they just take it that they will pack up and go??

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.08.11 10:58:12 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 26) :

    Albei sal DALK nΓ‘ die WB elders speel.

    no because there contracts are up they MIGHT pack up and go πŸ˜›

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.08.11 11:08:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Does this count as politics?


    What a doos!

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.08.11 11:20:04 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) : i thought it was quite heartwarming that our fat cats care so much about the state of our rugby. our blood is green!

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.08.11 11:31:20 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 29) : Have the Boks ever gone through a Trinations losing every game?

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.08.11 11:32:10 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) : Div’s big mistake is that he placed too much faith in the Rustenburg 21 (aka the 2007 boks) over the years and has not blooded enough youngsters in the last 4 years. What was exposed on tour is that our youngsters and fringe players are not mentally ready for the step up to international rugby. I believe that their were good players on that tour – but it’s a mental thing and our players fell short.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.08.11 11:38:55 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 31) : I think we’re going to get beaten even with the senior players back. 😎

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.08.11 11:41:43 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 30) : not sure, but we have finished last in the Trinations on a few occasions, which is as bad as losing every game. We traditionally seem to win at least one home game, so here’s hoping.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.08.11 11:43:59 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Jannie is not a loss, I rate Herbst anyway. Problem with Jannie is that he has the odd brain explosion and do silly things at critical times.
    No loss there.

    Bissie is a different story totally, we can not lose him as we keep on losing our physical players like Mostert and Sykes. We need these guys in our engine room!!!!
    I know the problem is that they come as a package!

    Funny how a lot of these rumors start getting substance very quick, i.e. Sadie. Nobody thought he would go and then…..
    Hope Bissie stays, in fact I will pray 2nite!!

    Now then did the Bulls buy Vermaak because Hougaard is on his way to Province?
    Don’t think Vermaak would have moved if he knew he is second choice! Now then the plot thickens.

    Who do we have lined up now?

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.08.11 11:44:49 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • JAnnie is still the no 1 tighthead in this country. i cant believe the silly comments at times, please show us a better TH right now if JAnnie is so useless

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.08.11 11:53:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • personally i dont see the 2 leaving

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.08.11 11:56:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 27) : Zibbie – thats exactly what I am saying…it says DALK, yet the media take it as an almost DO…

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.08.11 11:59:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 37) : πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.08.11 12:02:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I can confirm that South Africa has never gone winless in a Tri Nations.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.08.11 12:17:57 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 30) :
    @CapeShark (Comment 33) :
    @klempie (Comment 39) :
    Under the headings of year, played, wins and log pos:
    1996 4 1 2nd
    1997 4 1 2nd
    1998 4 4 1st
    1999 4 1 3rd
    2000 4 1 3rd
    2001 4 1 3rd
    2002 4 1 3rd
    2003 4 1 3rd
    2004 4 2 1st
    2005 4 3 2nd
    2006 6 2 3rd
    2007 4 1 3rd
    2008 6 2 3rd
    2009 6 5 1st
    2010 6 1 3rd

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.08.11 12:59:57 by Greg Reply


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