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Div wants Mapoe intervention

2010-08-17 22:40

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – Springbok coach Peter de Villiers wants to intervene in the Lionel Mapoe saga.

If the Bok coach has his way, the Sevens Springbok will be back on the field as soon as possible so that the national selectors can consider him for higher honours.

De Villiers is so serious about the matter that he wanted to meet with the wing, agent Jan-Harm van Wyk, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské and Sharks director of coaching Rudolf Straeuli at 07:00 on Wednesday.

However, Sport24 has heard that the meeting has been postponed by the Bok coach. The reason is unknown.

Free State president Harold Verster confirmed that he knew about the proposed meeting.

“The saga is just taking a new twist every day and Mapoe has not yet returned. We are now considering further steps,” said Verster.

“The meeting is off because they also wanted to bring the Sharks in and we had to protect our rights.”

Advocate Bertus van Rhyn, the arbitrator in the tug-of-war between Free State and the Sharks about the player’s services, had ordered Mapoe to report for Currie Cup duty in Bloemfontein.

However, Mapoe is still in Durban and the Cheetahs cannot consider him for their team.

Sport24 can also reveal that Mapoe is considering furthering his career at an Australian rugby league side. He has apparently received an offer.

Mapoe has not played Currie Cup rugby yet following his recovery from a shoulder injury because of the tug-of-war between Free State and the Sharks.

The only way he will be able to be considered for the Sharks is if they are prepared to pay a big transfer fee to the Cheetahs, who still have a legally binding contract with the player.

If they don’t do that and Mapoe is not issued with a clearance certificate, he will have no choice but to play for the Cheetahs or continue his career in Australia.

Sport24 understands that Mapoe is in De Villiers’s plans and may be included in the squad for the end-of-season tour to Britain and Ireland. He has apparently been earmarked to play for the Boks at next year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Sport24

Comments
  • Billabong - 2010-08-18 02:19

    Pay up or bugger off Sharks! You arrogant player-stealing bastards!!!

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-18 02:21

    I will admit I was impressed with what I saw of him when he did play.However no man is bigger than the game, and this chap is still in the "baby steps" of his career! He hasn't played in a while and with the likes of Mvovo, Van Der Heever, Taute and co. he is not in a position to start this crap! If he doesn't like rules and regulations let him go to Aussie!

  • Jakes - 2010-08-18 06:17

    Old story, if the guy wants to leave, let him go. He is not going to be happy to stay. Work out something, give and take. And to the Freestate Cheetahs, start to pay your people in line with the rest, then no need to leave. And please tell your players, to live on the beach (Durban and Cape Town) is not that nice. Your tools get rusty.

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-18 06:50

    Laat hom gaan om liga rugby in Aus te gaan speel. SARU moet nie toelaat dat hulle ook soos die regering gemanupileer word nie. Die oomblik wat iemand mos deesdae nie sy/haar sin kry nie gooi hy/sy 'n vloermoer en almal spring om hom/haar te behaag. Dan word die organisasie "at ransom" gehou - los hom laat hy loop, ons het genoeg talent in SA. Hy het die kontrak geteken en daar is besluit dat die kontrak wettig is!!!!!!!!

  • Danie - 2010-08-18 07:08

    PdV will do everything to get Mapoe back on the field but do nothing to address the problem with Frans Steyn. Makes you wonder. Tjop!!!

  • Alan - 2010-08-18 07:41

    I think Div should be focused on Saturday!! And what is it with the Sharks and player contracts they had the same problem with the two Lions players in the super14 surly they know how this works? The guy needs to play so sort it out!!

  • scrum cap - 2010-08-18 07:47

    "Mapoe has not played Currie Cup rugby yet following his recovery from a shoulder injury because of the tug-of-war between Free State and the Sharks." So, it's not a rugby injury but one sustained in a tug-of-war match?! If Div is now getting involved, be prepared for Mapoe's case to be resolved sometime before the 2011 RWC..

  • clint - 2010-08-18 08:09

    So the Sharks have to pay a huge transfer fee and yet the Cheetahs pay him a pittance to play for them? Shame on them and shame on Harold, talk about abuse. Anyone want to share what they pay him, I heard it's less than a junior in an office. Shocking Freestate.

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-08-18 08:25

    Fire him for breach of contract, that is the solution...and I agree with Danie, why the massive interest in an just recovered and out of form Mapoe?

  • Amazing - 2010-08-18 08:28

    Amazing how so many tjietah players are more than willing to leave that union....I wonder why that is and why it is that the tjietah 'numb-nut' fans always finds a way to blame the Sharks, rather than their incompetent little franchise's failure to secure the services of all their so-called school boy stars. But then of course you'll blame it on the Tjietah's financial state. So the question is, why are the Tjieta's such a bunch of armgatte when they've had the exact same opportunities and exposure the other big franchises has had?

  • Dwerg - 2010-08-18 08:29

    I'm quite a fan of Mapoe But I can't understand why the Sharks would buy him unless it's to replace Stefan Tereblanche. If that is the case, they should secure his services for next season and not deny him Currie Cup game time. It's the third player (off the top of my head) that the Sharks have acquired without the other provincial unions' approval. They need to play according to the rules OR be denied transfers

  • JDS - 2010-08-18 08:59

    @Clint, i stand corrected but he earns about R30k a month at the cheetahs. If that is junior pay at your office please can i send my cv.

  • Bren - 2010-08-18 10:15

    Well done Cheetahs for a iron clad contract now fine him for breech of contract say R30000. per month

  • @JDS - 2010-08-18 10:33

    30K a month is correct, but it's for only 6 months of the year.....ie. he only earns 15K per month. You reckon he has reason to complain?

  • clint @@JDS - 2010-08-18 16:12

    Thanks for that, so it works out at R15k a month. Not a whole lot and as a pro athlete that's a pittance. Plus he doesn't want to work for them. Offer him a decent amount and then see.

  • VLS - 2010-08-18 16:20

    There are two problems here: (1) The Cheetahs underpaying a valuable player. Lets be serious, I earn slightly above 30k a month but I'm in my late twenties and have a much longer career span. A rugby player has 8 years (tops) to make a living and living on 15k for half the year and 30k for the next doesn't seem worthwhile to me, considering how short the career is. The Cheetahs need to compensate their guys fairly. (2) The Sharks are crooks who unsettle players from smaller unions and then force the unions into positions where they have no option but to sell unhappy players. They need to stop behaving like this and to start approaching teams on an upfront basis. Why are there no transfer fees in South African rugby in any case?

  • Zamshark - 2010-09-23 13:12

    Jeez, you Cheetahs are comparable to slave traders!! Pay your players a pittance but demand the world on transfers.............no wonder you guys are not performing as a unit!! Your players are actually willing to get out at any cost!! @Billabong, being a sore loser does not get you anywhere especially with a coastie name.

  • Zamshark - 2010-09-23 13:21

    Jeez, you Cheetahs are comparable to slave traders!! Pay your players a pittance but demand the world on transfers.............no wonder you guys are not performing as a unit!! Your players are actually willing to get out at any cost!! @Billabong, being a sore loser does not get you anywhere especially with a coastie name.

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