Bok signs with French club

2009-09-17 10:26

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls' Springbok centre Wayne Julies has signed a two year deal with French club Aix en Provence.

Julies, who has already left for France, has had an illustrious career in South Africa and after making his provincial debut for the Boland in 1999 he went on to represent the Cheetahs, Lions and Eagles with distinction.

The 30-year-old has played Super Rugby for the Bulls, Cats and Stormers and, it is interesting to note, he first starred for the Bulls in the 1999 tournament.

As a specialist inside centre Julies was first selected for the Springboks in 1999 after playing for the SA Schools and SA Under-21 team and represented South Africa in 11 Tests.

The Blue Bulls thanked Julies for his contribution over the last couple of seasons and wished him all the best with his career abroad.


  • Dutchman - 2009-09-17 10:52

    Julies who?Will a french club take me as well,i am 42 with a double bypass?

  • Ronnie - 2009-09-17 11:00

    Good luck Wayne....

  • Dee - 2009-09-17 11:11

    Its always interesting to see players bail out of the local rugby scene when they see far better rugby talent coming through the junior ranks. This is another prime example of talent threatening senior players who then opt for a quick buck overseas.

  • william - 2009-09-17 11:18

    french has money to waste...rather put a passs through sign on centre...maybe someone will trip over it

  • @Dee - 2009-09-17 11:25

    To you it is a quick buck BUT to them it is retirement money, remember they can not play till they 65!!! Besides that, I am absolutely certain the bulls will not be sad to see him go!!

  • Jaco - 2009-09-17 11:36

    Good luck Wayne - you served SA rugby well. Dee, you must remember that this is his job - at 30 you are probably 2 - 3 years away from retirement - why do you have a problem if he wants to make a few bucks at the end of his career - he is not in the charity business. And to Dutchman and William - if you can't say anything sensible please shutup - I had enough of your type on Sport24 - you are part of the downfall of this country.

  • Auzzie - 2009-09-17 11:41

    Typical idiots!William,Dee,Dutchma...when victor went overseas it was no problem huh???huh???Frans Steyn goes to france no-one rap a word about him when will you allow sum1 to do what he thinks is right for his future? long as it only suites you and YOUR pockets. As far I'm concerned is that the Blue-bulls buy players and what do they do with them?...they make them bench-warmers untill the up-and-coming players of colour gets fed-up and fall out of the system typical is'nt it, they make a mistake in the game and they get substitute VERY QUICKLY! What did they do with Hilton Lobbarts...the same and as far as I know Pretoria(that include the WP) has by far the most racist rugby league in the country put that in your pipe and smoke it...stop being selfish-arseholes!

  • Michael Bowery - 2009-09-17 11:55

    This is for Durchman who clearly has nothing positive to say . I'm not sure about his by-pass record, it sounds more like Lobotomy to me.

  • Catfish - 2009-09-17 11:55

    Bit unfair on the bloke, hey guys? Was never our best centre but politics gave him a few Bok caps, and to be honest, he always looked the part. jake and The Bulls believed in him. Go on Wayne, go earn your well deserved pension.

  • Souf African - 2009-09-17 12:05

    I never rated him as a bok but would still like to wish him well. Its great that he can hopefully get a windfall before he hangs up his boots.

  • Bakkies - 2009-09-17 12:10

    I wish earl rose would sign up with a french club . He is useless in my opinion

  • billy - 2009-09-17 12:12

    well i be dammed all the poor comments about the player from most of the people who have not achieved in the game themselves Good luck and enjoy your rugby

  • Gary - 2009-09-17 12:42

    to all the racial comments below - its these types of utterances and comments that puts rugby under the political spectrum , u idoits dont love the game hence u waken the likes of Julius to make rugby a political puppet , if u want politics out of rugby shut ur mouths about racial issues -make racial slurs and rugby will suffer .

  • Vexander - 2009-09-17 13:30

    @bakkie, I am right behind you I wish Earl Rose would sign ANY WHERE but with the Lions

  • Lance - 2009-09-17 13:36

    @ Dutchman The phrase is 'Wayne who?'...but just anonther piece of evidence that the surgeons took you for a ride - you never had a brain to bypass in the first place. Good luck to the man, one of the very few genuine straighteners to wear the #12 jersey...I always thought he was under-utlilised

  • Ray - 2009-09-17 13:48

    I thought he retired a long time ago.He never really set the world alight.As a has- been,maybe he could do well in France.

  • Herschie babe - 2009-09-17 13:50

    More like the Dutchman needs a brain transplant. It not "Julies who?", it should be "Wayne who?" I always say if you dont know anything about a subject, in this case Rugby and English, don`t talk about it, i.e. Rugby, and don`t speak it, i.e. English.

  • shark - 2009-09-17 14:08

    come on people .this is about wayne julies --not EARL ROSE

  • Neil - 2009-09-17 16:13

    God luck Wayne! Go earn some good Euro's for your retirement! You deserve it! Never quiet made it in SA, but a good journeyman, who paid his dues!

  • Dutchman - 2009-09-17 16:24

    Eish, but you guys are aggresive today.How do you spell Laans or is Lance?You guys are right,the opp did affect my brain.

  • Afrikaner - 2009-09-17 16:55

    I feel Wayne is a sell out, should have stayed in SA

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-09-18 07:33

    Good luck Wayne,you are a better player than most people realise.

  • Shopper - 2009-09-18 10:06

    I hope the idiot sort out his bankrupt business in the Cape. Apparently he just left while owing months in arrears on rent and what about his staff. Just another “wynaangedrewe plaasimplement” that got somewhere because of quotas and have no idea to handle the “fame”. Shit but this club must be really desperate to sign him. Sure it is not a golden oldie team or something?

  • Buckwheat - 2009-09-18 12:11

    Brilliant! Good for you Wayne, go enjoy the sport there, the wine women and song (although not too much, it affects your performance!), and make some cash towards the twilight of your career. i am glad you got the opportunity, and wish you the best

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