Richard Ferguson

Olivier, du Plessis head for France

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby, WP on 30 May 2013 at 08:00
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Olivier and du Plessis sign with French club Montpellier.

South Africa has two less centres after Montpellier confirmed the signature of both Wynand Olivier and JP du Plessis.

Olivier’s move was expected, following his stint in Japan last year, while the move of young du Plessis comes as a bit of a shock.

Olivier has fallen out of favour at the Bulls, following the rise of youngsters Francois Venter and Jan Serfontein, in those two they have ample cover for when the Springbok leaves.

For du Plessis, it was a case of impatience as he continues to search for first team rugby. Following his return from Australia, where he dabbled in Rugby League, he has only played a handful of games for Western Province Currie Cup side. Although he has been touted for big things, he is yet to make an impact in the Cape.

This has prompted the youngster to look into Europe, where he has signed a three year contract. The length of the contract indicates that he is not likely to return to South Africa and that he would be looking at qualifying for French residency.


  • Olivier I understand, time for him to move on. Du Plessis is a bit of a tool. So there wasn’t one big union interested in him? Seems he’s just a bit greedy.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.13 08:23:19 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I saw du Plessis in the title and I almost had a panic attack.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.13 08:33:10 by David12246 Reply

  • It seems Toulouse have lost out on Bismarck’s signature

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.13 09:15:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : Hehe was my first reaction as well.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.13 09:21:06 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Damnit Richard! Almost had a heart attack there!

    Seems the floodgates have well and truly opened in Blou Bul country.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.13 09:44:45 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 5) : Not quite – at least not yet. Olivier did play in Japan last year so it was inevitable that his place like Grant of WP was always going to be filled. If Vermaak leaves, I would be very disappointed. Only Kruger is also leaving. So far.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.13 13:02:57 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 6) :

    And Jacques Potgieter, no?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.13 13:59:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : and Zane Kirchner and Juandre Kruger and Morne Steyn

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.13 14:37:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : Perhaps I should have said Valuable players leaving, but yes, I forgot about Steyn. It is the only one leaving that would really hurt the Bulls. Currently, I have to add.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.13 15:21:36 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • JP du Plessis is a loss as he is a talented centre, but he seems like a bit of a glory hunter with little patience. Did not get much game time last year and has been injured this year.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.05.13 00:30:54 by Saffex Reply


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