Pottie set for surprise Tahs switch?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Aug 2013 at 11:20
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Sharksworld has picked up a very interesting tidbit indeed, concerning soon-to-be-former Bulls loose forward Jacques Potgieter.

Potgieter – who was one of the few Bulls players to emerge from Saturday’s semi-final disaster with any credit – is by now well on his way to Japan, to earn the accustomary “big bucks playing little league” alongside name-sake Dewald and a host of other South Africans, including Ryan Kankowski, Heinrich Brussow, JP Pietersen and Riaan Viljoen. Potgieter’s plan after that stint, though, have never been made concrete, with the word on the street that he will join an “unnamed English club” after his Japanese stint.

That club is – or was – widely tipped to be Saracens, where Pottie would benefit from at least being able to speak Afrikaans in the change room!

Our information, though, is that Potgieter will not, in fact, be heading to Saracens after all and will rather appear in next season’s Super Rugby competition wearing a slightly different light blue jersey – that of the Waratahs. There’s, of course, a veritable host of South African players headed over to Australia in time for next year’s competition, with the bulk of them signed up with the Force. If our tip-off is correct, though, expect there to be at least one other based in Sydney.


  • Perfect!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.13 11:22:49 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • Who’s going to the Force? I have read the new dispensation for SA in 2016 (one of them) and fear a mass exodus to Aus of SA players who want Super rugby, not a localised tourney akin to the CC. Or have I got it wrong?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.13 11:25:49 by Caratacus Reply
  • HEY! Thanks for the third star Rob!! Pleased as punch! 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.13 11:26:53 by Caratacus Reply
  • @Caratacus (Comment 2) : Marcel Brache and Chris Heiberg are heading to the Force

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.13 11:30:21 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Isn’t Wilhelm Steenkamp also heading that way?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.13 11:31:16 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 5) : He is

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.13 11:33:47 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Whats happening at Kings park tomorrow Rob??warm up CC game??,scratch a bit,

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.13 11:34:38 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 4) : @Blue Centurion (Comment 5) : @Caratacus (Comment 2) : Wilhelm Steenkamp is also going to the Force and Sias Ebersohn is already there.

    What happened to the limit on the number of foreign players in the Oz Super Teams?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.08.13 11:35:57 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 8) : Wait till 2016 when SA break away from SANZAR. South Africans will want to continue playing Super rugby

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.08.13 11:38:54 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 7) : yeah – Sharks CC squad against club players from the “wider training squad”

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.13 11:40:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : thanx Rob,maybe,puppy could learn something from those old guys

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.13 11:56:46 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 9) : Is that even happening? 😕

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.13 12:03:57 by Talent Reply
  • Interesting news, and I’d say it’s not something I was expecting.

    Tahs normally go Dennis, Hooper and Palu in the back row- interesting to see who Pottie replaces.

    Plus Sarel’s decision to go there ended in disaster, not sure why Pottie wants to try his luck there. He’s also a Bok, so there is no way he’ll earn an ARU topup to his Tahs contract.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.13 12:04:29 by gatewayshark Reply

  • Finger on the pulse hey @robdylan

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.13 12:13:36 by RealDirtyShark Reply

  • @bobby 26 (Comment 11) : is he playing?

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.13 12:18:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :
    Do you know what time theyre starting the ‘trials’ Rob?

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.13 12:18:53 by John Galt Reply

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  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 14) : you’d be amazed at some of the stuff I hear… 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.13 12:19:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gatewayshark (Comment 13) : Also didn’t work out for Hendrik Roodt

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.13 12:19:41 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 16) : I’m trying to find out whether they’re open to the public

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.13 12:22:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : in the 2nd xv,but who knows,he never seems to know much,thats why i ask you 😳 game at 17h00

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.08.13 12:22:52 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 18) : Roodt had been a bit of everywhere, hey? Really battled to settle.

    I see he’s off to France now.

    Can’t say I’m sad to see the back of him. Always seems to play extraordinarily well against the Sharks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.08.13 12:23:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 20) : does he have the team sheets?

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.08.13 12:23:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :
    Ah ok. Good point.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.08.13 12:24:04 by John Galt Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : you’re kidding,flippen knows nothing as usual,thats why we have you

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.08.13 12:31:23 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Yeah he’s off to Grenoble who were promoted to the Top14.

    I actually rate him but can’t blame him for chasing the Euro

    He joins the South Africans already at the club

    Roland Bernard – Flank
    Naude Beukes – Lock
    Albertus Buckle – Prop
    Rudi Coetzee – Centre
    Altenstadt Hulme – Lock
    Shaun Sowerby – No.8

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.08.13 12:47:03 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 24) : ha 🙂 I’ve asked for team sheets, but not been given them 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.08.13 12:50:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 25) : I always thought Buckle was a terribly ominous name for a prop 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.08.13 12:51:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 16) : ok, so the game kicks off at 17h00. It’s not being advertised to the public because they don’t want a big crowd. I’m told that if you pitch up to watch, though, you won’t be turned away.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.08.13 12:52:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Funny guy! 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.08.13 14:15:17 by Bump Reply

  • Hear the Bulls have signed Engelbrecht and 3 other King’s players.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.08.13 15:16:10 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 30) : no, you don’t hear… you read on SA Rugby Mag 🙂

    And that story appears premature, if not outright spurious

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.08.13 15:19:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Heard mate. Not aware that the story is in SA Rugby mag.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.08.13 15:52:28 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : If that is true, then I want to know how much money is lying around for the Bulls to actually want the services of Waylon Murray?
    The rest I can understand, but there is a ton of talent at centre! Albeit young and upcoming. Why buy another who is a sicknote for quite a while now?

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.08.13 15:54:00 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 33) : The Bulls have been after Waylon Murray for years. Don’t know why or what…

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.08.13 16:11:05 by Uli Reply
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  • The Bulls are not a frugal bunch, are they. Seems Meyers shtructchas 😆 aren’t paying off anymore 🙄 Seeems to me they got lucky with one crop of players .

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.08.13 16:39:09 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 35) : I suppose HM’s structures only made sense to him, much like the Springbok “game plan”. 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.08.13 17:21:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • If SA break from SANZAR and are no longer part of SuperRugby, SA will become the next Fiji, with our players sought-after worldwide, but none plying their trade in their home country.

    Players will rapdily become snapped up by the remaining SuperRugby sides, with many of the juniors looking to obtain citizenship in NZ and Oz.

    The remaining players of any worth will attempt to ply their trade in Japan and Europe. In Europe they’ll be especially sought as they will provide cover during the European international window.

    All of the large teast-rugby playing nations will have an international club scene, barring SA.

    This will kill off SA as a rugby giant in the world and we will become akin to Fiji, where we will be able to pull off a good win every now and again when we get 15 decent players on the field together, perhaps at a world cup, but with most players working abroad.

    There is no quicker way in which to kill off Springbok rugby.

    Worst part – I dont even really enjoy SuperRugby. I do, however, appreciate how it pays the bills and keeps our best player in the country, playign in the toughest and most demanding club competition on the planet.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.08.13 18:46:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Is this the first year that we will be able to pick a stronger Springbok overseas team than the Springbok locally based would be? It looks like it to me.

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.08.13 06:57:10 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 35) : Just tell me which structure can withstand the retirement/exodus of 25 players within a space of 2 years, without any top player purchasing? This was inevitable when losing so many players.
    Some they could have kept if they had tried harder – I admit.

    I think they tried hard not to buy top brass during that time – Jano, JJ, and J Potgieter the only 3 I can think of. But this is an opportunity they just cannot miss.

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.08.13 09:40:24 by Blue Centurion Reply

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