Brummer out in the wilderness

2011-12-15 07:30

Cape Town - Former Blue Bulls flyhalf Francois Brummer is searching for a new rugby team after he failed to obtain a contract at the Eastern Province Kings.

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Brummer's contract at the Bulls was not renewed at the end of the 2011 season and Die Burger newspaper was reliably informed that Brummer was interested in playing for the Port Elizabeth-based outfit.

However, the Kings weren't interested as they already have five No 10's on their books. Louis Strydom is their No 1 pivot, with Monty Dumond, George Whitehead, Shane Gates and Matthew Tayler-Smith the others in the squad.

Most South African teams have already saturated their budgets for next year, which could see the 22-year-old Brummer heading overseas in an attempt to spark new life in a once-promising career.

Dumond fell out of favour at the Kings earlier this year and was loaned to Griquas for the second part of this season. He is still contracted to Kings but they have apparently had serious talks with him about his future. He hasn't fulfilled his potential, with his poor tactical kicking dragging his game down. He is, however, a good attacking pivot and can also be used at fullback.

Kings coach Alan Solomons rates Whitehead highly and he can also play in the No 15 jersey. Gates and Taylor-Smith could also be used as inside centres.

Gates played for EP's Under-21 side at flyhalf this year after he played inside centre for the Under-19 team last year.


  • msimangamuzi - 2011-12-15 08:34

    I can not believe it that this is happening to francois brummer.Not long ago this kid was the talk of ther town.One can see he does not want to leave SA.Hope he can find a team soon.

  • Hector - 2011-12-15 08:38

    As a matter of interest, how many teams has Louis Strydom played for? I count: Valke, Lions, Bulls, Cheetahs, EP and Griffons. cupboard must be getting full

      Lionel - 2011-12-15 09:19

      He's trying to break Wylie Humans record:):):)

  • arie.stevens - 2011-12-15 08:57

    Try the Stormers and WP as they seem to take all discards

      Nico - 2011-12-15 09:52

      Don't think he is old enough to move to WP just yet, another 10 years or so, hehehehe

  • Arthur John Ware - 2011-12-15 09:01

    He should try heading to Cape Town, the Stormers have gone paranoid with flyhalves, I'm sure they can spare enough to put in the WP vodacom cup team unless maby they're trying to save money to buy Frans Steyn but even if they are I'm sure WP can spare just enough for him.

  • rudi.v.wyk - 2011-12-15 09:47

    Wow! A lot of transformation happening at the Kings judging by the names in their flyhalf ranks. Hypocrisy has always been their strong suit.

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2011-12-16 11:52

      Any transformation players playing at no10 for the team you support?

  • Matt - 2011-12-15 10:38

    wow, rudi: you really are a bright spark. i'm sure you also noticed the 14 players of color playing in other positions in the EP squad. watch your next game closely..there are 15 positions in a team...

      Matt - 2011-12-15 10:42

      as a matter of interest... many of these are players of color are products from the Kings academy. and yes, there are also some white youngsters coming through the ranks - not bad considering the academy has only been running for one season

      Michael - 2011-12-16 07:14

      What are you on about dude?? Name those 14 players of colour... There arent even 14 players of colour in their whole squad.. And if there are, they were orobably bought from sumone else as most of those flyhalves were.. They had 2 new zealanders playing for them.. Whities by the way. But im not joking, name us a few players that came through their academies in their current 15..

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2011-12-16 11:57

      Check your facts before commenting Michael

      Michael - 2011-12-16 12:44

      Hahaha.. Coolhoe.. Where did any of those guys play for the kings? Can you name their team? This matt chop was on about 14 players of colour in the team.. So you googled congrats!!. And if im not mistaken that is their main argument to be included into super rugby.."There masses of black talent"!! Here's their consistant starting 15 for across 2011. I might be a little off with a couple as its obviously not my team of choice.. My team of choice actually plays in the currie cup premier div and wouldnt have gotten 50 against them by boland twice, if im not mistaken.. . 1.Engels(bulls) 2.Franklin(pumas) 3.Newland(nz) 4.Kennedy(nz) 5.Pieterse(fs) 6.Oosthuizen(bulls) 7.Nell(fs) 8.Watson(ep) 9.oelchig(fs) 10.strydom(fs) 11.Nelson(ep) 12.Stevens(fs) 13.Grey(ep) 14. Whitehead (fs) 15.Marais (leopards)..

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2011-12-16 18:45

      @ Matt, what EP rugby have you been watching? Is that your dreamteam? By the way Nel went to school in Uitenhage and played rugby for EP Schools before heading to FS Also a team is made up of 22 players and not 15. Matt mentioned the Squad and his numbers make perfect sense.

  • sam.kaitawa - 2011-12-15 16:00

    ├ŹN THE WILDERNESS? can't wait for the next excuse What's the best thing to come out of SA apart from All Black fans? ..................a 747 with altitude/attitude Some where, over the rainbow LOL

      Bootman - 2011-12-15 17:19

      Sam you're not even making sense you dumb brick.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-12-16 05:03

      @Bootman, sorry mate, too many turps last night. As for 'dumb brick'? perhaps pissed prick maybe? Good on ya, merry Xmas in saffa land

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-12-17 11:51

    Pity. Always had the feeling that with the right coach and enough opportunities he has the talent to go places. Maybe a couple of years overseas will develop him and then he can come back to add to our (suddenly good) depth at fly half..

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