Bulls add Naas to shopping list

2010-09-19 22:29

Gerdie Karstens

Kimberley – Not only do the Blue Bulls want to sign Griquas’ Springbok wing Bjorn Basson, but they have now also added flyhalf Naas Olivier to their shopping list.

It was reported last week that the majority of the big unions are after Basson’s services and the Bulls are leading the chase.

Sport24 has reliably learned that Bulls kicking coach Vlok Cilliers had contacted Olivier last week to hear when his contract expires.

Griquas’ budget for contracted players is small compared to that of the Bulls and they may well decide to let Olivier go if they are offered a large enough transfer fee.

The Bulls have a problem with their flyhalf depth for next year’s Currie Cup as neither Morné Steyn nor Jacques-Louis Potgieter will be available next season.

Steyn is expected to be the Springboks’ first-choice flyhalf at the World Cup in New Zealand, while Potgieter will play for the Sharks next year.

It is no surprise that the Bulls are interested in Olivier. He is one of the leading points scorers in the Currie Cup and his success ratio at posts is 85% - without a kicking coach.

He already impressed for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super 14 and has played a decisive role with his boot in every Currie Cup match.

Griquas chief executive Arni van Rooyen emphasised that Olivier’s contract only expires at the end of 2011.

“Naas’s contract only expires at the end of next year. No-one has spoken to the union about acquiring his services. Not even the Bulls,” said Van Rooyen.

Bulls high performance manager Ian Schwartz said that Olivier is a gifted senior player that “holds a leadership position”.

“We will not, however, be interested in his services while he is under contract at Griquas.”

Meanwhile, Griquas kept alive their play-off hopes with a 29-20 win over the Leopards in Kimberley on Friday night.

Griquas travel to Newlands this week for a match against Western Province.


  • mike - 2010-09-19 22:56

    Anyone contacted Saracens to see if we can steal Derick back. His playing some good rugby and I would love to see him back in the blue. Very few Flyhalfs around that can control a game like him!

  • @Mike - 2010-09-19 23:18

    What???? Derick Hooha can stay in england no place for him here in SA.

  • Chris in Oz - 2010-09-19 23:33

    The Tswane Barbarians want to sign some new players from other unions? Why didn't that come as a surprise to me.....

  • Cheetah - 2010-09-20 00:30

    I think the Sharks and Stormers can take a leave out of the Bulls book when it comes to profesionalism and integrity. If you want a player, you first find out what his status is with his union. If he is contracted, then you negotiate with the union - YOU DON'T FU@#IN STEAL PLAYERS BY USING LOOP HOLES IN THEIR CONTRACTS AFTER NEGOTIATING WITH THE PLAYER IN PRIVATE.

  • No local talent! - 2010-09-20 02:33

    Dan praat die spul kanaalbarbers van die WP wat koop!!!Blaaaaaaaaaaaah! Bullbarians!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-09-20 07:01

    Now , what is the new name: BULLBARIANS - That looks more like it , What you say DUTCHIE

  • Stupid article - 2010-09-20 07:17

    What is the point of this article if both the Bulls and Griquas agree that Naas wont be contracted??

  • Piet Parow - 2010-09-20 07:23

    Naas is k@k. We had him at the Stormers and he was pathetic. Lacks BMT.

  • WP Profeet - 2010-09-20 07:32

    Daar gaan die Bulle!!! Their supporters blame WP for buying players, but they are doing the same?? Naas must stay at Griquas..

  • Cow - 2010-09-20 07:33

    Bulls now have to buy players SHAME

  • Tiger - 2010-09-20 07:35

    The true colors of Bulls rugby. Like to buy other unions players and think they are the best province. However they got one of the biggest provinces and cant grow they one players

  • Steevo - 2010-09-20 07:49

    Don't you think there is a reason nobody is trying to get Derick back in SA!?

  • Juan - 2010-09-20 08:04

    WP never ever buys any players! Willem, Brock, Anton, Percy, Rassie, Tiaan, Duane, Adriaan, Deon, Ricky, Brian, etc all moved to Cape Town because they love the mountain & nice laid back life style. It is only the Bulls that buy players! They have no local talent & their schools produce sub-standard jnr players. They only win titles because they have the best players & the refs help them! This is fact & not even debatable!

  • Clarity - 2010-09-20 08:10

    In the modern world of professional sport franchises and clubs buy players to strengthen their teams. It took South African rugby long to get there. In football and rugby in Europe this is a common occurrence so please get with the program because everyone else has.

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  • @Tiger - 2010-09-20 08:21

    Get your facts straight. Sharks are buying players, WP is buying players, Lions are buying players. Sharks bought Jacques-Louis Potgieter, he is a shark next year!! WP could not get decent wings and they buy Habana. Bulls needs a flyhalf, what happens when Steyn is injured or is not allowed to play etc. If you need a player for a certain position then you have to buy one, its simple as that, times have changed. So to everyone that only have bad words for anything about he BULLS just STFUGETALIFETHXGOODBYE

  • Stormer - 2010-09-20 08:21

    Where are all the Bulls supporters? They are quick to talk rubbish when other provinces buys players like Habana (who the 1st stole from the Lions..) but are quick to forget the players they baught!! Bunch of losers!

  • @Tiger & Cow - 2010-09-20 08:22

    The bulls bring a lot of players through from their junior sides idiots! Out of Weeepeee and the Sharks the Bulls buy the least number of players! I agree with cheetah, at least the Bulls have some integrity! That is more than some provinces can say! PS: Potgieter is going to the Sharks, only Bulls buying players????? Pathetic comments!!

  • drol - 2010-09-20 08:48

    it always surprises me when this happens, the blue bulls groups always make a big noise about the training academy but they never seem to use their youngsters. an if naas olivier was reading this i would tell him that he would be making career suicide, if he goes to the bulls he will only player first choice in currie cup, nowhere else. and this would result in less exposure, we dont have a replacement flyhalf for SA aand he wants to play second fiddle. if you want to make boks squad you need to be seen..and not on the bench

  • muzi - 2010-09-20 08:55

    If the bulls sign naas olivier who has no BMT at all then they can say bye bye to the under 21 talented flyhalves francois brummer and marnitz boshoff.Both players will leave for sure nobody wants to play vodacom cup for 3 years........................................

  • fuzzy - 2010-09-20 08:57

    Get over it, this is profesional rugby, if you want someone you go out and buy him. As for Olivier, he was k@k at WP and dont think he will be any better anywhere else

  • Cliff - 2010-09-20 08:59

    I think Bulls managment have just proved my point .. Support of them would make you a Oxy-Moron

  • Lekka WeePee - 2010-09-20 09:14

    Eish. Reading this blog I can only come to one conclusion: The WeePee supporters have lost it completely. With nothing to be proud of, they can only badmouth others (Bulls) and just maybe that makes them feel a bit better. Shame, the rest of South Africa don't laugh with you, we laugh at you. Don't worry, next year WeePee will win something (isn't that so?).

  • Emile @ Juan - 2010-09-20 09:20

    What en excellent comment. I do hewever think you are talking way over most of the heads blogging on this site from down south (Cape). Don't think they will be able to read between the lines. Reading their comments tell you very little of interest, but quite a lot about their level of mentality and what makes them tick.

  • Rassie Erasmus trick - 2010-09-20 09:28

    ...Ek sien die Bulle het mooi by Rassie Erasmus geleer... ...die Bulle moet net fokus op talent, ...en nie has-beens koop soos die Stormers nie.. .....Ha ha ha ..!!!

  • BB Strategie - 2010-09-20 09:39

    Tipies Blou Bulle. Sodra die WP iemand koop dan is dit die Stormbarians, maar doen julle dit is daar goeie rede. K@K. Julle is die Unie wat die meeste koop, maar die strategie is maklik. Koop die ander unie se spelers ens sit hulle op die bank. Dit veroorsaak dat die speler geld kry vir niks doen nie en die kleiner unies nie hulle beste speler kan gebruik nie. Dis die verskil tussen BB en die res. Die res gebruik die spelers, maar die BB koop spelers net om die ander spanne swakker te maak.

  • Emile @ Stormer - 2010-09-20 09:40

    Bunch of loosers? WTF. You guys own that title and the "next year we gonna win" one. Eish. It is the professional era, any province can buy who they want, unfortunately only some provinces then fu@# those world class players up totally. Poor Habana.

  • Manager - 2010-09-20 09:49

    Dont be fools. Every team buys players. The bigger franchises like the Bulls, Sharks and WP can just afford to buy more and better quality players.

  • Stormer@Emile - 2010-09-20 10:22

    Wake up clown, tipical BB comment..You are the tossers who moaned when Habana went to WP accusing WP of stealing players after you stole him first. Get with the program mate and by the way, enjoy the trophy while you have it cause a supporter who's team can't even beat the Puma's your mouth are quite big - like the rest of the Blue tossers. Bull era are finished, just wait and see

  • @Steevo - 2010-09-20 10:32

    Yes I do think there is a reason, his making more money then the local sides can afford. Brilliant player and I would take him back at the Bulls in a second, interesting that WeePee tried to sign him before he left lol. Better then your one dimensional Grant, who also has no BMT as proven over and over again.

  • @Bloubul Strategie - 2010-09-20 10:33

    Dude, you are a total looser!! Does thinking like a total d@@s make you feel better every time the Bulls win??! For every player the bulls buy, the sharks and wp buys 5 players! Seriously, wake up and start accepting that the bulls are a good team, otherwise you will always stay a bitter, bad looser rugby supporter!!!

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  • @Stormer - 2010-09-20 11:12

    What a foul mouth you have son!!! Sounds to me like you are the big tosser around here! The only thing wp can do is to talk big and win the trophies 2 months before the final is even played! Win something again before you call other teams bad names! After all, even if you dont like the bulls you still cant take away the fact that they are a great team! If you cant acknowledge that you are a one eyed dick supporter!

  • Suurpoep - 2010-09-20 11:15

    Penso che non è una cattiva idea in aggiunta ad Olivier per la vendita. Naas Botha come lui non può giocare a hockey, e nessuno lo voleva e poi ha tentato la fortuna con noi, ma non ha saputo fornire aiuto qui. Basta versare tutto su

  • Bliiksem - 2010-09-20 11:31

    @Stormer: Is almal daar in die kaap sulke groot konte ? .. of is dit net jy ?

  • the biggest idiot - 2010-09-20 11:32

    The only person that is not an idiot on this blog/artical is Stupid artical. I can't believe you guys have time to write all the k@k comments and I can't believe I just waisted 10 min of my life reading it! It's a professional game, you idiots!!!

  • Blou ballas stink - 2010-09-20 11:45

    Noem een naam van die Bulle wat van daar afkom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nie Matfield nie hy kom van JHB so bulle, bulle laaik van Griquas, zane kom daarvan af nou wil julle vir basson koop en nou vir naas! julle kan nie julle spelers groot maak nie. ons kan nie help julle is so K@K plek waar niks jong talent is nie!

  • @Blouballas stink - 2010-09-20 12:30

    Matfield comes from Pietersburg which is in the Limpopo province dumbass!! Chillyboy, Gary Botha, Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Fudge Mabeta, Derrick Kuun, van Veltze, Okkie Kruger, Fourie du Preez, JL Potgieter, Wynand Olivier and Stefan Watermeyer are all from the Bulls. I bet you that is more players from their own union than even the cheetahs can claim not to mention the WeerProbeer or the Sharks!! Look forward to a lot of people like you having tears in your eyes again when the bulls win another cup! Its not the bulls fault when your team isnt good enough. Sorry boet! And @ Stormer, the bulls will stay a force for years to come, accept it!

  • STORMER - 2010-09-20 12:45

    Ai Emile, Dutchie en travante...Nou gaan julle Afriforum memberships baie meer kos as julle al die spelers wil koop....

  • Mr. Mojo Rising - 2010-09-20 12:48

    Always cracks me up. The Bulls making fun of the Stormers, meanwhile they, along with the Sharks, buy more talent than everybody else! Haha, maar ek sou die Bulls jammer gekry het dat hulle tyd nou verby is . . . as hulle nie almal so windgat en kommin was nie!

  • buy - 2010-09-20 16:17

    Stormbarians buy has-beens... .....Bulls buy talent...

  • Marius@Mojo Rising - 2010-09-20 20:43

    Nou weet ons almal tenminste wie is kommin.Jy het seker werk waar 2 persone onder jou werk nou noem hulle jou "Mr".Word groot of leer iets van rugby voor jy weer iets se.

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