Freddy wants his blue jersey back

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 1 Nov 2011 at 13:38
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An interview with French newspaper L’Equipe quotes Fred Michalak as saying he’d like to return to France to resurret his international career.

Michalak fell out of favour with previous French coach Marc Lievremont, who felt that the mercurial flyhalf was a little too erratic and unpredictable to fit into his plans. With Lievremont having fallen on his sword, though and former test winger Philippe Saint-Andre taking over as French coach, Michalak apparently feels there may be the opportunity to add to his 54 test caps, but also realises that his chances of a recall will be far better if he’s to play his domestic rugby in France.

Michalak’s current Sharks deal is set to run until about the middle of next year and according to the L’Equipe interview, he is unlikely to explore a renewal in Durban if one were to be offered. It’s important to note, though, that according to the current information available, Michalak is not saying that he plans to leave the Sharks earlier than he would have anyway, in terms of his current contract.

We’ll follow up with some contacts in France and try to get some more clarity on this one as well.


  • my favourite ever Michalak moment has to be when Andy Capp referred to him as “the icon of Toulon”… said in such a way to try and force the two words to rhyme.

    Funny, though, that Fred has only ever played for Toulouse, which is quite some way from the Riviera…

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.11 13:39:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree with Marc Lievremont. Freddie is inconsistant 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.11 13:51:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • We’ll do a straight swop…fred for Frans!! 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.11 14:11:00 by Ice Reply
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  • All the more reason to play Lambie at 10 in next year’s S15!

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.11 14:14:50 by Ben Reply
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  • I cant see Fred making the test side. He doesnt have the pace he once did to take the gap. and France need stability at 10 to control the madness that surrounds him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.11 14:35:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • Lambie
    ! ! ! !

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.11 14:36:36 by SharksRTB Reply

  • We love you Freddie, but you will be hindering the best flyhalf in SA during the S15. Ask for a release and I’m sure it will be given.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.11 14:41:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : ‘like’

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.11.11 14:44:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : On 2nd thoughts please don’t ask for a release.

    Plumtree doesn’t have the balls or brains to give our u/21s a run and we’d be stuck with JLP as back-up 10.

    Please stay Freddie we love you.

    No wait, we can play the new boy Viljoen at 10 ahead of JLP if needed.

    😀 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.11.11 14:47:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i think we can do without him actually…we must give the youngsters a go…lambie must be the 10 with jordaan as his back up…or even jordaan @ 10 and lambie @ 12…that will sort out our issue in the centres…ludik playing well @ 15 for the sharks…time to blood local!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.11.11 14:54:34 by Barrel Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : you don’t like JLP?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.11.11 15:05:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Another ‘like’

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.11 15:12:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Barrel (Comment 10) : Believe me Jordaan isn’t even close to ready for senior rugby. And imo he shouldn’t play at 10 at all.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.11 15:19:58 by Ben Reply
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  • oh, i thought he was on “holiday” tl tl tl 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.11 16:08:06 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Not one little bit.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.11.11 16:35:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : based on what, though?

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.11.11 17:15:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan:
    I can answer that one for ya. He played for the Bulls before the Sharks signed him!
    He also cost you a place in the CC final a few years ago when he played for the Cheetahs.
    I’m sure those two will suffice… 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.11.11 18:39:21 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Based on I don’t think we need him in Durban. I know it’s the professional era and all that stuff, but mark my words JLP will be one of those few players who plays SR for all 5 franchises.

    He has done very little while in Durban and what he has done hasn’t been great. I know he’s had limited oppertunity but that is because he is surplus to requirements, we could use that money to keep youngsters.

    We need to Force Plum to play his youngsters. And while we have Michalak available if we HAVE to play an import then I’d play him ahead of JLP.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.11 18:40:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • If we look at who we currently have, ranked in order.

    JLP, Jordaan.

    Then I would send JLP on his way and pay the money to keep Jordaan.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.11 18:43:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : ok, agree to an extent… it’s shameful to waste money on JLP if we’re not going to use him.

    But there are a few other imports that I’d send packing first

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.11.11 19:07:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : @robdylan (Comment 20) : I’d use the money to pay Marius Joubert to leave. I’ll even throw in a bottle of whisky from my personal collection if that gets the wheels turning.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.11.11 19:19:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) : I’d even throw in my car to MJ if he could pack his bags and leave. He could use it to drive up to Cape Town. I’ve heard they need centres up there with all theirs leaving! 😉

    Of course I would call the police and report my car as stolen! 😈 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.11.11 20:17:03 by Ben Reply
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  • Yes let’s get rid of fred and his useless record against the bulls 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.11.11 22:05:02 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • bwahahahahaha everyone here COULDN’T wait for marius joubert to join the Sharks even pushing Straueli to convince him to play in the last games of super rugby hehehe now folks want to see the back of him 🙂

    haha lank funny!

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.11.11 07:30:20 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : I think your source of information is dilutional cause I could clearly remember that I, myself and a hole bunch of other not happy was with the buy of MJ, somme by the way, I was not happy with MB and JLP buys either, and when Fred was good news but I said as long as it does not interfere when Lambi is available to play 10..

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.11.11 09:07:23 by Franshark Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : 😯 That is a massive leap you have just taken. 😯

    I would say the majority on this site (me included) were pissed at Marius Joubert being signed.

    Would someone please post the link the the Joubert signing announcement so we can provide the proof for Maggie? I’m on my phone so can’t search for it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.11.11 09:23:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) :

    I remember it clearly. Some even said he is better than Adi and yet he has offered absolutely nothing…

    Marius is a has-been. He had about one very good season and that’s about it. 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.11.11 09:47:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 27) : really? You’re going THAT route?

    You really do find inventive ways to make yourself unpopular, Wesley-san! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.11.11 09:48:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : It’s strange how whenever Wes is bored I end up being worried. 😛

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.11.11 09:50:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) :
    Congratulations, you’ve just gone from being an internet troll to a flat out liar.
    There goes your credibility bud. Whatever cred you had left anyway.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.11.11 10:17:55 by John Galt Reply

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  • One step forward with Whitehead . . . two steps back with Fred.

    What next? 👿

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.11.11 10:33:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : Your memory is clearly not as sharp as your tongue, now issit?? 🙄

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.11.11 10:38:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) : 😯 better than Adi.. Show me who said that 😯

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.11.11 10:57:28 by Franshark Reply

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