Bekker confirms Japanese switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2013 at 10:15
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Another big name appears lost to South African rugby as big lock Andries Bekker confirms a move to the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

The official Stormers website this morning revealed that the 29-year-old second rower will join the Japanese club on conclusion of this year’s Super Rugby tournament, but unlike team-mate Peter Grant (who also plays for the Steelers), Bekker won’t be returning to Cape Town for Super Rugby each year.

As a player with an horrendous injury record, the 2.08m Bekker appears to be looking to Japan as a way of extending his career without risking his livelihood further in the cauldron of Super Rugby. He now becomes the second high-profile Stormers Springbok to announce a post-season departure; Bok team-mate Bryan Habana has recently confirmed a move to Toulon in France.


  • goodluck to him

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.13 10:22:23 by Poisy Reply
  • Going after the bucks. I’ll be surprised if he makes this season without a major injury.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.13 10:24:10 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Unions must hurt everytime a player ups and leaves after they look after him through injury. I know its the proffesional era but surely the amount of money lost on players must hurt unions. Are there transfer fees like in soccer?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.13 12:22:57 by shaniboi Reply

  • If ever anyone was going to be big in Japan, it’s Bekker. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.13 12:51:59 by McLovin Reply

  • Good move from the point of view of prolonging your career.

    Play half the amount of matches for plenty more money.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.13 12:54:04 by McLovin Reply

  • I still feel it is getting worse and worse since HM started picking overseas guys.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.13 12:54:21 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 6) : yeah, but he generally doesn’t pick em from Japan.

    We won’t see Mr Away Game in a green jersey again soon.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.13 12:58:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : lol

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.13 12:59:04 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • this is Bresler chance to be a Bok, goodness knows some here have been screaming for to be picked…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.13 16:35:36 by Megatron Reply

  • Hi Megatron can’t see that happening. Btw good luck for your team playing tonight.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.13 16:53:13 by JD Reply
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