Star Bulls duo lost to France
Pretoria - The
Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd on Friday confirmed that efforts to keep Vodacom
Bulls locks Jacques du Plessis and Flip van der Merwe in Pretoria have been
unsuccessful, with both players taking up contracts in France at the end of the
domestic 2015 season.
Plessis has signed a two year deal with Montpellier and Van der Merwe will join
Clermont, also after the completion of the Absa Currie Cup competition.
BBC's High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg said talks with both
players have been ongoing for some time.
want to thank both players, who were upfront with us from the start about
offers from abroad. Flip has been a loyal servant to the Vodacom Bulls since
2009 and always made it clear that he would consider offers from abroad after
the 2015 Rugby World Cup, especially as he does not have a Springbok contract.
He has been a tremendous asset to the whole team and franchise over many
years," Janse van Rensburg said.
offer made to the 21-year old Du Plessis was way beyond anything the BBC could
even dream of putting on the table, according to Janse van Rensburg.
is one of the real upcoming stars in the game and this offer received from
France is testament to that. We have been negotiating since June 2014 and he
has indicated that he would like to return to the Bulls after the two years.
That is good news to us, as he should also be in Springbok contention by that
Vodacom Bulls have some good back-up coming through the ranks, as they have
planned for a possible loss of players after the RWC 2015.
have planned for events like this and have some of the best young locks in the country
on our books already. Guys like RG Snyman, Dennis Visser, Nicolaas Janse van
Rensburg, Marvin Orie, Irne Herbst and Jason Jenkins are all amongst the best
in their age groups and will be able to compete at a very high level,"
Janse van Rensburg said.
remains a massive battle to compete against the massive offers from abroad,
especially as the exchange rate counts heavily against us, but we are confident
that through good planning and scouting, we will be able to remain a very
competitive franchise at all levels."
BBC also confirmed the release of Ulrich Beyers, who will join Bordeaux-Begles
in France with immediate effect.