Lambie reportedly on the move

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 31 Jul 2017 at 09:27
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Tongues are wagging at the moment as the “usual sources” in France splash the breaking news that Pat Lambie has apparently signed a 3-year del with Racing 92 in Paris.

This is a rumour that’s been gaining momentum of late, particularly in light of Lambie recent (and not-so-recent) injury woes. A horrendous injury run that’s seen him play less than a dozen Super Rugby games for the Sharks over the course of three seasons, as well as concerns about his long-term health given repeated concussion lay-offs have taken a bit of the shine off the one-time Sharks golden boy and looking at things from a purely financial perspective, I wonder whether both parties wouldn’t agree that a “cutting of losses” might be a sensible outcome.

For Lambie, with uncertain future prospects, there’s an opportunity to strike while the iron is still hot – or at least glowing a dull red – with a decent wedge of Euros on the table taking him through to his 30th birthday, more or less. For the Sharks paymasters, it must be super frustrating to see the salary and medical expenses continue to mount, with close to zero return over three years. Let’s face it, Pat is either injured or with the Boks (often both at the same time) and his value to the Sharks these days is very, very limited. Letting him go could free up a fair bit of budget.

I’ll look at this one with my Sharks glasses on. I feel bad for Pat, I really do, but it’s time for the team to move on. I’m not convinced that moving to France is the best thing to do for a player with concussion concerns, but I’m also not the one being forced to contemplate retirement at 26, so maybe I don’t really get a say.

Let’s wait and see if there is any confirmation of this deal – it would require release from both Sharks and Bok contracts for Pat, so may not yet be a done deal. The writing is on the wall, though and I’d be surprised if we saw Pat wear the black and white again.

It’s sad, but it’s life.


  • Agree with the entire sentiment of the piece.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.07.17 09:34:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • If its a case of money and you do make a good case, then lets hope sanity prevails and we use his money to buy a top seasoned No 10.Someone in the mould of Steven Donald or Lionel Cronje.
    We have enough green boys at 10,and are seriously in need of an experienced hand on the tiller.
    Top of my wish list would be Frans Steyn,

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.07.17 10:04:43 by The hound Reply
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  • I really hope he doesnt start playing before he is fully ready. He has barely been a Sharks player in the last few years so besides the finances and marketing, him leaving wont affect the team at all really. Will be interesting to see if the Sharks do sign a more senior flyhalf…as we do have Bosch/April/Van Resnburg/Radebe all in the queue.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.17 10:24:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • Lambie on his Twitter account has stated that fitness first future decisions later

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.17 11:03:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • I would be sad to see him go, because he’s always epitomised Sharks rugby for me; talent and creativity on the field, and a first class gent off it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.17 11:16:08 by StevieS Reply
  • Like most people I am firmly in Pat’s corner but not sure he should still play and even less sure that the Sharks should keep him on the books. Either way, I really wish him all the best.

    @The hound (Comment 2) :
    I do get why you say this, but I think we will have enough cover in place from SR next season. The major risk and my biggest hope is that we simply back Bosch at 10 – that guy is a special talent and will be workd-class in 1 or 2 seasons – if he is fully backed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.17 11:56:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I’d prefer if he stayed.

    What obviously actually happened was the french club made a offer and the Media including sa media is reporting it as fact to get view and sell news papers etc.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.17 14:25:01 by revolverocelot Reply

  • The findings of a study like this one is why I want Lambie to seriously consider retirement:

    “Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.”

    I know rugby is not American Football and that the study may suffer from possible bias but it still highlights how potentially hazardous head injuries could be.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.17 14:54:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : correct would be my choice too.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.17 15:00:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I am admittedly a great Lambie fan. But I have also said that it would be good for him to go and play European rugby. He has a better chance of recovery and extending his career and he may well find his flair again. I hope he takes the offer it may be best for his career.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.07.17 15:10:44 by coolfusion Reply


    This is what Lambie had to say.
    Patrick Lambie?Verified account @PatLambie 7h7 hours ago
    Despite some rumours, I need to get fit and be cleared to play again before making any decisions on the future.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.17 18:05:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Pat, you’ve been great. If you go we’ll surely miss you, but we wish you only everything of the best!

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.07.17 19:48:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) :

    According to this study, rugby is much worse.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.17 02:15:51 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 13) :

    Although a graph of “per minutes played”, rather than “per player per match” will probably look different.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.17 02:18:08 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 13) : Thanks, interesting read

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.17 09:41:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Still think he could make more playing cricket. Think IPL and the dollars they earn. But guess his a rugby man.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.17 13:42:39 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 17) : think it’s a bit late as he will struggle to get a SA team to sign him and can’t see any IPL team even thinking of signing him for at least 2 to 3 years! Cricket would be more of a hobby than a serious money making thing.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.17 16:33:57 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 17) : Not a good enough cricketer to make the Dolphins never mind IPL.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.17 16:53:06 by The hound Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : Looks like retirement is still an option in his mind.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.08.17 17:58:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : Exactly.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.17 09:46:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • From what I hear this is a done deal as of the end of the Currie Cup

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.08.17 17:05:44 by durbsguy Reply

  • @durbsguy (Comment 22) : would be strange to only let him go at the end of the Currie cup as he will not play in it regardless of fitness. If he was to move it would make since to move immediately unless the new team will only “accept” him once proven fit and ready to play.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.08.17 17:21:04 by JD Reply
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