Bulls: JJ going nowhere!

2012-10-09 21:29

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls have rubbished reports that the Southern Kings are about to snatch up the signature of Springbok JJ Engelbrecht for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

It was reported in Die Burger on Tuesday that the Kings are in the final stages of negotiations to snap up Engelbrecht, who is from Port Elizabeth and attended Grey High School to “return home” and play for the Kings.

But Blue Bulls Company CEO Barend van Graan told the website from London there was no way the team would release Engelbrecht.

“It isn’t an option,” said Van Graan, reiterating the Bok had a contract until the end of the 2013 season, and would be going nowhere.

Engelbrecht signed from the Stormers at the end of last season, and surprisingly became a Bok quickly in June before being dropped ahead of the away leg of the Castle Rugby Championship. But with his house-mate Johann Sadie leaving Pretoria after an unhappy season, Engelbrecht is seen as the natural successor to play 13 and wing in next year’s competition.

The Kings, meanwhile, now sit with egg on their faces - especially after their big announcement last week that Bok Bandise Maku and two overseas players would be joining them seems to have fallen through.

Maku tweeted shortly afterwards that he knew nothing of the move and had not signed anything, while Argentinean Nicholas Vergallo has not been released from his French club Toulouse.

In a separate move, the Blue Bulls CEO also confirmed he had turned down a request from Bulls front ranker Frik Kirsten to be released to join Biarritz.

Kirsten is still in contract with the Bulls for another year, and with Rossouw de Klerk and Rayno Gerber both released from their contracts, the Bulls have decided they can’t let another prop go.

The Bulls have also signed Free State prop Marcel van der Merwe for the coming season.


  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-09 21:34

    all hail the KINGS

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-09 21:38

      You meant to say: "All fail the Kings'

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 21:43

      Kings are Smoking the Stuff again...

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-09 22:07

      Grown in Cheeky's back-yard?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-10 00:41

      ...Southern Losers...!! ....he he he he he ...!!!

      Generaal1 - 2012-10-10 05:17

      Jammer Cheaty Watson, maar jy en jou seun weet hoe om jul naam met n plank te slaan.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 06:03

      Usually the watson's end up with egg on their chin.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-10 07:31

      even you peasants commenting here will have to bow down to KINGS,

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:52

      Thanx SUIDERLANDER!!!! Joining the struggle???

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-10-09 21:59

    Marcel vd Merwe...very good signing for the Bulls, future bok for sure.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-09 22:49

    What a brilliant heading for the article! He stays at the Bulls, so he's going nowhere.......

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-10 12:38

      That was my first thoughts too :-)

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-10-10 06:54

    Bulls are going nowhere

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 07:18

      they're gonna stay at Loftus

  • luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:46

    Come to PE bra!!!!

  • paul.heyns.3 - 2012-10-10 09:45

    He can go!! Poor season like Sadie. Wasted his time in Pretoria. Has done nothing all year to rectify his move up north..

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 16:54

      @paul.heyns.3: I think you meant to say,justify.

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-10 10:15

    Jee kots en sy pa should really sign up for an episode in comedy central...been laughing for months and its gonna continue for another 8 months...

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-10 12:40

    "surprisingly became a Bok quickly" - ??? Not surprising at all. HM lured young players to the Bulls with promises of Bok colours, and he had to make good (11+ Bulls in the Bok squad). Why else would anyone in his right mind move to Pretoria?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 22:27

      It was also very co-incidental that Lionel Mapoe was called up to the Bok squad virtually the same day the anouncement came that he is moving to the Bulls.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-10 15:09

    Wise decision youg man, you ain't gonna regret it

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