Marais linked with French switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Apr 2013 at 09:13
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According to a report in France’s Sud Ouest Newspaper, Sharks lock forward Jandre Marais may have signed a contract to join French Top 14 side Union Bordeaux Bègles.

As is typically the case with these French reports, there’s not a lot of detail (or even an English translation of the story), so things like dates, duration and impact on current contract barely warrant a mention. In the past, we’ve seen these reports insisting that a foreign player has “signed” with a French club turn out to be all hot air, and the merest indication of interest from a player, or talks with an agent, often end up reported as concrete signings in the French media long before anyone has reached for a pen.

Sharksworld has asked a number of sources for comment, including Marais’ family, his agent and the Sharks themselves and will publish a firm commitment (or, as I expect, denial) as soon as we receive one.

Marais has had a tricky last 12 months in Durban, going from a very credible Super Rugby debut to not featuring for the first side at all and the fact that he’s been playing Vodacom Cup rugby, behind a loan player from the Lions and a 20-year-old with no Currie Cup experience would certainly be the sort of factors encouraging him to make a move away from the Sharks.


  • The 20 year old without any CC experience was voted the best SR lock in week 6. If Marais isn’t prepared to stay and fight for a place in the starting line-up, I wish him all the best in France. We need to develop a fighting, never give up culture at Sharks if we want to win competitions on a regular.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.13 09:32:38 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) : bear in mind I’m putting words in his mouth here…. we honestly don’t know if there’s any truth at all to this story. Just speculation

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.13 09:36:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • I feel for Jandre, but agree with GreatSharksays. I also believe he needs more gametime, but I also don’t agree with a just give-up attitude. My take would be that someone else is pushing to see him in a better jersey than what he is currently wearing – for whatever reason (I also have my own view on that, but rather not share) – but I truly believe he’s getting wrong advise. Jy druk nie ‘n perske ryp nie.

    Perhaps these influences should take to heart “sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind” – rather help the kid build a competitive fighting spirit, than just pulling strings to make it better.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.13 09:44:18 by Ice Reply
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  • That said – it applies if this is infact true.

    I have been a Jandre fan – and I believe he can do it, I just think he needs to take some time. I love his grunt! But ja, he needs some game-time, be it VC, to develop to his true potential.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.13 09:47:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 4) : well, it’s true that he’s leaving. We don’t know what his motivation is, though.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.13 10:03:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Big loss as he is a quality player. Sadly Plumtree has invested in the very average Franco v/d Merwe ahead of Marais and one cant blame him for moving on. Its sad when his own franchise show so little faith in him. He is a far better lock than Franco and thanks to Plums short sightedness, he is leaving.

    The same happened with Quinn Roux of the Stormers. Coetzee invested in the very average de Kock Steenkamp, forcing Roux to move to Ireland.

    Big loss and sad to see. It pisses me off seeing our youngsters go when their coaches could have done a better job of providing security and investment

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.13 12:51:45 by Saffex Reply


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