Mapoe fast-tracked into Boks?

2010-11-02 22:30

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – Lionel Mapoe has apparently been told by the South African Rugby Union not to leave for Singapore with the South African Vipers Sevens team, as he will have to join the Springbok tour group in Britain next week.

The Sevens squad left South Africa on Tuesday.

Sport24 is able to exclusively reveal that the wheels are turning behind the scenes to have Mapoe join the Bok squad as quickly as possible.

Mapoe has not played any rugby over the past seven months as at first he was injured and then he was involved in a contract dispute between the Sharks and the Free State.

Mapoe joined up with the Sharks but after the Free State took legal steps, the court ordered Mapoe to return to Free State.

Despite the verdict, Mapoe refused point-blank to play for the Free State again.

Meanwhile it appears that the Free State and the Lions have reached an agreement which has resulted in Mapoe being available to play for the Lions next season.

Sport24 learned that the Lions signed a binding agreement with Mapoe with the approval of the Free State Rugby Union.

It seems likely that Free State rugby is gaining financially from the "sale" of Mapoe and was therefore open to the transaction despite its dispute with the Sharks about the player.

It seems strange that Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, is clearly keen to take a player overseas who has not played in a match for almost six months.

Harold Verster, president of the Free State Rugby Union didn't want to comment on the sensitive matter.

However, Sport24 has learned that the Lions and the Cheetahs will hold a joint media conference later this week to officially announce Mapoe's move.

The Cheetahs and the Sharks go to the Free State High Court on November 12 to continue the fight over the wing.


  • Ross - 2010-11-02 22:57

    what the rugby for six months? there are a few other players who spring to mind who should deservedly be there....quota!!!!

  • WHA.... - 2010-11-02 23:08


  • Rob - 2010-11-02 23:09

    Wel wel, maklikste om die bokspan te haal baie eenvoudig, sorg net dat jy maande laas rugby gespeel het en siedaar jy is in. Groot dankie van Stegman, Mapoe en Jacobs aan die sirkusnar. Absoluut belaglilk

  • mike - 2010-11-02 23:21

    Squad desparatly needs centres and we add a wing. So we have Habanna, Aplon, Mvovo, Basson and now Mapoe. Seriously Div whats up man, how about adding Doppies, Bosman or even Waylon murray as we actually need an outside centre.

  • Quotahata - 2010-11-02 23:27

    Just when you thought SA rugby couldnt get any worse-they go and get another untested, unnecessary AA player. This week truly has been one to remem.... sorry forget. 1. SA rugby awards, dont get me wrong some were very deserved aka Guthro and the 21 try machine but elton before paddy, c'mon guys they are laughing at us here! 2. Adi Jacobs- nuff said.3. Classic quote from Snorre " We dont have control over things like winning an losing" (snigger). Is it just me here or is the circus becoming more of a debacle with each passing day?? We are going to get humped by the irish who have no such problems, other than outrageous ticket prices. Oh how I long for the day when that makes the headlines in SA rather than the usual k@k we have to hear about daily.....

  • Seriously - 2010-11-02 23:31

    Suddenly it seems if you have a black skin and have half proved your ability you are fast tracked into any elite group. This is making a mockery of the Springbok team. He is a good player but would it not be better practice to include a centre who has proved his worth during the season. Terblanche? Bosman? Straus? Grant (playing in Japan I know, but at least he has played)?

  • Wouter de Bruin - 2010-11-02 23:36

    Is Mapoe - 6 maande se spel > van den Heever + 6maande se spel? Lyk net nie na goeie wiskunde nie. Maar dan moet ek raai dat( ek mag verkeerd wees) PDV was seker ook nie goed in wiskunde nie!

  • FSJakes - 2010-11-03 00:06

    Centres who've played well in the 2010 CC. Some of them had good S14 seosons as well: Meyer Bosman, Robert Eberson, Doppies le Grange, Waylon Murray, Jaco Pretorius, Stefan Watermeyer, Barry Geel, Stefan Terblance, Adriaan Strauss, to name BUT A FEW!!! FOUR of these players have international experience in the NH. But, the lgoic in SA Rugby and the PDivvy show would rather add two players (AD Jacobs and Mapoe) who between them has played a wopping 20 min of rubgy in the past SIX MONTHS! If this comes true, it is an absolute disgrace and a slap in the face of some very solid and talented players. It would be just another reason why I'm enjoying my rugby less and less.

  • Skeptical - 2010-11-03 01:32

    How do we know for sure this is whats happening, the report says "apparently been told" this just stinks of another ploy by the media to create a storm in a tea cup. If this report proves rubbish and unfounded it will drive a few more nails in News24 credibility! I often read articles of theirs that create such a stir but have very little fact or basis for the comments, similar to how the tabloid papers report on celebrities. This phenomenon in the media is prevalent all over the world in order to create hype without substance, I hope that readers start holding these reporters and companies accountable by showing their disgust for poor journalism! Post comments about the journalist facts before pointing fingers at the suspects in the article! I for one am sick and tired of reading an article that had nothing or very little to do with the headline or devoid of any facts. Keep this in mind when reading further articles to see how many use hard evidence or just hearsay.

  • Tommygun - 2010-11-03 02:57

    The photo of PDV on the VOTE section says it all!!! DUH * HOMER SIMPSON!!!!!!!

  • Mr D - 2010-11-03 03:10

    OKOKENOUGHSAID anybody looking for me I'm with WHA in the sunbed vanging k@k aan..

  • BC - 2010-11-03 05:18

    Ridiculous absolutely ridiculous. Politics??? The SA rugby awards indicated how much SARU is prepared to kiss ABSA's arse to try and prove how compliant they actually are. I don't blame white players for leaving the country to play abroad. I just don't know who to support anymore!! A player like Lwazi Mvovo works his arse off all season and others step in after no game time. I support the boks with mixed feelings.

  • D - 2010-11-03 06:16

    Amazing. The S14 is great for SA rugby having two finalists and full of promised, then the poor guys get handed over to SARU and they get annihilated in 3N. Then the Currie Cup has promising rugby and form and things begin to look up again. Two days later SARU get involved and take control again and it becomes one big shambles. Adi, Mapoe - no rugby most of the season and they become Springboks? Since when does not arriving at work for 6 months because of sick leave mean you get promoted? Not where I work!

  • Mike - 2010-11-03 06:20

    Jacobs, Mapoe - no rugby and in squad - Snor must go - he is making a mockery of the Springbok side. What about other consistant performers all season. No wonder players are leaving for overseas. Sorry but we MIGHT win one game overseas.

  • Stephen - 2010-11-03 06:22

    what a load of kak.............this dude sound slike he will be toy toying in the change room if he does not wnt to do something he is told. Good luck Boks on end of year tour, think you are going to need it.

  • C - 2010-11-03 06:24

    ABSA is having their day here! This is just the start, say goodbye to the Springboks now.

  • Mike - 2010-11-03 06:26

    Jacobs, Mapoe - no rugby and in squad - Snor must go - he is making a mockery of the Springbok side. What about other consistant performers all season. No wonder players are leaving for overseas. Sorry but we MIGHT win one game overseas.

  • catfish - 2010-11-03 06:29

    Pressure is clearly squezings Div's brain to the size of a peanut. He has had several withdrawals and thus chances to recitify his centre crisis and waht doe he do????? I give up! All the hype after the CC final and now we go on a 5 match hiding. He will not see the RWC

  • Ian - 2010-11-03 06:31

    I agree with "seriously" what about Strauss ,although PDV aka funny man is likely to mad with Strauss as he sent Schalk , January and De Jongh back to Cape Town on crutches, De Villiers didn't look good either. The choose Jacobs , Stegman and now perhaps Mapoe what a joke, mark the words IRELAND BY 20

  • dave - 2010-11-03 06:36

    Its seems to me the best qualification or substitute for skill in in anything in South Africa is to be black. If u are black u get the job or the place in the team! WTF this is a recipe for disastor for the country and the talented but not yet ready black person to be set up to fail and give all us negative f@#&%rs a chance to say "see I was right"

  • Ruan - 2010-11-03 06:42

    Please tell me I'm still sleeping and this just a dream, please tell the jounalist is making this up. This Mapoe and PDV thing is so funny it should be in the cartoon section. How many contracts can a player sign ?.

  • non white - 2010-11-03 06:55

    I'm non white and I agree this is ridiculous if he is put in the team. Basson, mvovo and aplon chosen. Won't they feel like a QUOTA if Mapoe is in the team? SARU you are screwing up here if you put him in the team.

  • Leon - 2010-11-03 07:12

    Vertel iemand my asseblief ek het in 'n vreemde , verre land wakker geword ! Is PdeV en SA Rugby nou totaal bef-k !

  • schmiekert - 2010-11-03 07:17

    dis belaglik. hoe moet dit voel om dfaar te wees omdat jy swart is maar nie die beste nie. ek dink die swartes like dit want dis hul enigste kans. hul sal noooiut maar nooit soe goed soos die blankes wees nie. sal altyd 2de beste wees en sal altyd gehelp moet word omdat hul "anders van kleur is" shame. hoe lank gaan dit nog aanhou. dis crazy

  • GVA - 2010-11-03 07:28

    Well thank you SARU and PDV ! Every time I read about your antics my blood boils and pressure shoots up! The circus carries on its merry way with total disregard to the paying supporters and rugby lovers!!

  • isakd - 2010-11-03 07:28

    I see a number of short sighted comments. Mapoe is a big natural balanced runner. He showed already in the Freestate that he can run and takle and not shy to run on angles to open gaps. What more do we need from an outside center. To test him now on the highest level is better than to do it in the worldcup.

  • Laeveld Springbok - 2010-11-03 07:40

    I thought we had a centre crisis?

  • Baby Ewing - 2010-11-03 07:40

    AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE! Mapoe has talent, but please Div give the man a chance to play some rugby first. The Boks want to "redeem" themselves according to Matfield. Sorry for you pal, you have been dealt your 'quotas' and it is up, finished, klaar and over.

  • sipho - 2010-11-03 07:45

    I think if Snor F's up on this tour he will be gone, so let him pick who he wants.......all these injuries are a bit suspicious, maybe some of them are faking hoping Snor will be gone......but what do i using my aunties computer at work ek se.........

  • Flabbergasted - 2010-11-03 07:45

    Well, I think these comments pretty well sum up the matter. Rugby is going downhill and with all the political machinations will end up like Bafana. Useless!

  • carl v - 2010-11-03 07:49

    die nar het sy naam gestand gedoen!! sulke hopeloosheid maak my gedaan.JAAG DIE EENVOUDIGE DONNER WEG

  • HelpMeOut - 2010-11-03 07:49

    Can anyone of our "Black" readers help me out here, please? What do you think of this? Seriously, is it not embarrassing to you?

  • Tadza - 2010-11-03 07:52

    I do not doubt that Mapoe is a good wing, but he has not conformed to legal instruction to return to Free State and commence training. Is SARU saying they condone that kind of behaviour? By selecting him when there is conflict and contradiction surrounding Mapoe at this present time? What about Andries Strauss he excelled in both semi final and final. What a bunch of clowns

  • Gonzo - 2010-11-03 08:02

    COME ON U ALL BLACKS!!!!!! Its never to late to join the NZ supports club, where rugby and talent only matters

  • PDV/Quota-hater - 2010-11-03 08:02

    ....Go Ireland..!! .....Go Wales...!! .....Go Scottland..!! .....Go England..!!! .......qoutas sucks..!!! .....quotas sucks..!!

  • MickyM - 2010-11-03 08:04

    This is why I don't follow / watch rugby in South Africa any longer !!!!

  • Steven - 2010-11-03 08:10

    Forget about the whole qouta thing. Rather have mapoe tested in the Nothern hemishpere and found wanting than in the world cup and found wanting. Like Noakes said we need a second tier bok side. And with Matfield captaining it we have one.

  • Whats the Big deal - 2010-11-03 08:12

    So he's going on the tour. My guess is he is there to get some experience, all be it not playing, at international level. They obviously have him earmarked for bigger things. Whether us whities like it or not we need more black internationals. The government & administrators will never give up on trying to make rugby a predominatly black sport & the less pressure there is as this quota system stumbles on the better. The guy's a super player it's no big deal.

  • Fanie - 2010-11-03 08:13

    At club level there is a rule which states that if a player refuses to play for a representative team for which he was selected, he is not elegible to play for his club. This works the other way round as well. If a player refuses to play for his club, in this case the Cheethas, he should also not be elegible to play for a higher team, which in this case happens to be the Boks. The question is where is he legally registered as a player.

  • Left Field - 2010-11-03 08:16

    @ Catfish. "pressure squeezing his brain to the size of a peanut"... That is an insult to peanuts worldwide. Probably expanding his brain more like it! As I am of Irish descent, I will be wearing the emerald green on saturday. Brian O'D is going to have a beautiful game running around Matfield and Burger while they stand in the centre position....

  • PC - 2010-11-03 08:20

    Mapoe is a criminal - he has no respect for the rule of law in should be locked up for being in contempt of court. We don't need poeple like that in rugby, he should be in government (LOL!!!)

  • hasie - 2010-11-03 08:22

    Pdv kan nou elke week 'n ander span laat vlieg om te gaan speel, dit is hoe belaglik hy nou die Springbokke maak!!! Weet nie vir hoe lank hy dink toeskouers na sulke snert sal kyk nie!!!

  • AL @ isakd - 2010-11-03 08:46

    HE HASN`T PLAYED FOR 7 MONTHS ---- FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the Springboks, not some small training friendly, moron.

  • realist - 2010-11-03 08:51

    Sadly the one who will pay is the player thats being rushed in when he is clear not match fit. evry one no matter how talented needs to eas into things after breaks , This is conterproductive for transformation and not giving him a fair shout at making it.

  • GetAgrip - 2010-11-03 09:08

    COME ON!!! If this is indeed true, which I certainly hope not, then SA Rugby is slap bang f***ed! Theres about 4 other better players!! This for of quota/racism is making me feel disgusted to be a Bok supporter. Has Mapoe even played this year??? This is why I don't even bother about our dumbass "Bok/Protea" squad. So much talent to choose from yet we end up compiling the crapest bok team around. Well done Coaches! 2 Super 14 SA teams in the finals and yet we failed to make any impression in the Tri-Nations. Bok rugby was always going to go downhill at some stage, with forcing quota systems, it's happening right now. Why is Elton playing for the BokS now??? He's so young and hardly had time to make a real impression. John Mitchell stated that he's not ready, but nooooo clever (or stupid?) Bok coaches disagree. I'm totally sick and disgusted of this ****, i'm sure the rest of the rugby loving nation is too.

  • Dev - 2010-11-03 09:26

    This is ridiculous...and rascist! There are more deserving players...

  • Shady - 2010-11-03 09:27

    Ask yourself a question not about his skin colours but about his abilities as a rugby player. In the same way as that the inclusion of Elton, Pat, Coenie, Alistair Hargreaves, Keegan, Dewald is with on eye on the world cup and the Springbok future after the world cup, why not include a guy with the talented of Lionel Mapoe now and subject him to the Bok structure during a tour that everybody is certain the Boks will loose every game. So when everybody is done removing the big chips of their shoulders and you are done with your remarks that borders on racisim put your rugby caps back on and judge him on the talent and not the colour of his skin. The fact that he did not play for six months is just a convenience so that you can abuse the player

  • Louis Oosthuizen - 2010-11-03 09:44

    Hou op om sirkus narre te beledig deur PdV met hulle te vergelyk. Mapoe het gedros en kry bevordering - die politiek werk so, mors Tswane stad op en word adjunk minister as voorbeeld. Het ons 'n senter krisis? AD het nog nie bewys hy is fiks nie en is geneig tot lank ruskanse weens beserings. As hy beseer word roep hulle nog 'n veuel op of dalk vir Bandise Maku (ja ek weet hy is 'n haker) maar who cares, hy kwalifiseer want hy is swart h is ook nie 'n senter nie en 'n beter keuse as Mapoe want hy het gereeld speel kans gekry en sal waarskynlik nie sommer na 10 minute die veld verlaat na 'n besering nie. Die wat kretiek lewer oor Stegman - let op - hy was wel vir 4 weke of so beseer, het goed gevaar in die semi's het 'n goeie seisoen in die S14 & CC gehad voor sy besering en ons het nie 'n krisis op flank nie.

  • THE MAN - 2010-11-03 09:46

    viva viva vivia our new sports minister Mr Fikile Mbalula in action here at his can expect many more black beauties in the springbok squad before the world cup

  • @shady - 2010-11-03 09:47

    Putting my rugby cap on it clearly makes no sense to include a player who has not played provincial rugby or any rugby for 7 months. This man is extremely talented and i have no doubt will be a future bok but 7 months of no rugby/no contact spells disaster for the bloke let alone the team. Rugby cap still firmly placed on my head....