Montpellier snap up Olivier

2013-05-29 22:17

Cape Town - French club Montpellier have snapped up the signatures of two of South Africa's most gifted centres - Bulls veteran Wynand Olivier and Western Province centre JP du Plessis among their acquisitions ahead of the new European season.

According to the website, Olivier, who returned from Japan to the Bulls earlier this year, has also requested an early release, which has been given, and it is likely he has already played his last game for the Pretoria team in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The 29-year-old played for the Bulls in Durban last week, but was dropped on Wednesday for rising star Jan Serfontein, and it is likely that with Francois Venter also returning to full fitness, the Bulls will be well-covered if he is granted an early release.

Bulls High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed that an early release had been received.

“We knew there was interest from overseas, and we did receive the request, which was granted, but that’s all I know at the moment,” Janse van Rensburg said.

Olivier has signed for just one season whereafter it is likely he will either renew or retire from the game.

Du Plessis has struggled since returning from Australia and played a handful of games for Western Province last year after a stint with the Sydney Roosters in Rugby League and was apparently unhappy in Cape Town, prompting the move.

The Kroonstad born centre has played for the Stormers and Melbourne Rebels and in an interesting move has signed until 2016, making it unlikely for him to return to South Africa and opening up the possibility of qualifying for France if he so sees fit.

Montpellier also added the names of Scottish international Jim Hamilton, former Tongan and Australian lock Sitaleki Timani, former Highlanders utility back Anthony Tuitavake and French Under-20 wing Lucas Smith.


  • Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-29 22:32

    Devastating to South African rugby.

      Arno Louw - 2013-05-30 04:52

      Nah, he'll do well over there. He is good at first class rugby. He's just not quite at international level. Nothing wrong with that. He never picked himself for the Boks. No reason to pick on him now, except maybe for his previous hairstyle and hi-lites.

      Blou Weezil - 2013-05-30 06:45

      haha! good one bob!

      Clinton Hiepner - 2013-05-30 09:48

      Wynand "I will not pass" Olivier......the same centre that thinks he can just run through 3 tacklers......the very same player that gets isolated more than often and then gets truned over or penalised for holding on? In that case you must be right must be devastating news!

      Donder Wolk - 2013-05-30 10:47

      Half his body must fist be picked up at Kings park after Du Toits tackle on him - olivier has never been bok material

      Donder Wolk - 2013-05-30 10:51

      This is how i will remember olivier

      Jaco Groenewald - 2013-05-30 12:11

      Good luck to you Wynand!!!

      Forsythe P. Jones - 2013-05-30 15:18

      @ Clintleeh ur spot on mate, exactly what ive always said about the plonker. im sure montpellier are in for a shock when they realise they were watching old videos of monty and not this ball-hugger-destined-to-keep-a-french-bench-warm.

      Rudel du Preez - 2013-05-30 15:34

      Wynand was nog nooit n swak senter nie,hy is in n patroon in gedruk.Hy het baie vir die Bulle beteken

  • Izzi Max - 2013-05-29 22:39

    I am not sure about this, this idea is just a shot in the dark. But, all these Bulls players being bought left right and centre...wouldn't that mean that we have money from these clubs buying our players...shouldn't that money be put to use to increase the salaries of those who stay?

      Aj ATi Morkel - 2013-05-29 23:09

      This is not European football where massive transfer fees are being paid. Most of these players leave after their contracts expire and or get early releases. So the unions don't make money.

      Arno Louw - 2013-05-30 04:48

      As long as they give Jano the other half of his salary!

  • Adrian Snyman - 2013-05-29 23:22

    Wynand makes me weak, I'd love to end up in his bed on a late Friday night.

      Adrian Snyman - 2013-05-29 23:48

      I've kissed so many boys at Addington it's rediculous.

      Adrian Snyman - 2013-05-29 23:53

      Don't make fun of gay people please Sham! I'm proudly gay.

      Adrian Snyman - 2013-05-29 23:59

      Sham do you have a problem with gay people? I'm gay and proud of it you lame individual!

      Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-30 06:22

      Doc, I'm sure if the rest the big five sould vote, you'd be banished forever. All in favour: Aye!

  • Connor Grant - 2013-05-30 00:35

    JP du plessis could of been a contender..could of been somebody.

      Wade Johnson - 2013-05-30 01:15

      ...instead of a Bum...which is what Olivier is.

      Arno Louw - 2013-05-30 04:45

      Could HAVE...

  • Wade Johnson - 2013-05-30 01:14

    Good riddance to Olivier. If only he had left much sooner. Du Plessis however, was a great prospect for the future. Its sad that he's leaving after getting little game time in Superrugby.

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 01:41

      Shut it.

      Wade Johnson - 2013-05-30 01:44

      @Tyson: Shut your Mom's legs.

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 02:05

      Shamepies, a mom joke. Typical.

      Wade Johnson - 2013-05-30 02:20

      Who's joking ?

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 02:42

      Your name is the biggest joke ever. "Wade", parra pa pa paaa, really?! Wade?

      Wade Johnson - 2013-05-30 03:03

      Wade isn't my real name, just like your real name isn't Dowwe.Duane; or Kaptein.Spies or thick.sean etc... But what I find to be extremely hysterical, is that you are really a Male Nurse ! Bwa ha ha haaa!! A Male Nurse ? Seriously ?! That's so gay !!

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 04:06

      Yes dom daantjie, I'd love to be 11th on the log and cupless.

      Rudel du Preez - 2013-05-30 15:37

      Wade jou sussie is okay

  • Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-30 04:53

    Guys, check out a little fruitcake, called 'DeWet Venter'. He sent me an inbox to say that he wants to donner me. Look at the little oke. It's hilarious.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-05-30 06:14

      Hahaha, what a w@nker!

      Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-30 06:25

      I'm sure 80% of the people on this forum might be able to settle me, but if you weigh about 45kg and 'Revenge of the Nerds' is based on your life, don't even bother trying.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-05-30 06:29

      But Robert a guy that does that over the web because he doesn't like your opinion can be 120kg's, but he's still a little b#tch!

      Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-30 07:45

      That's true as well, Jimmy. Now everybody is criticising us for using fake profiles. Some idiots actually write kuk on your wall, where your kids and friends can see it.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-05-30 08:18

      I'm actually hoping your team wins this year! That'll shut most of the idiots up and then we can change this forum to 'Friends and Fans of the Mighty Bulls 24'.com and all use our real names and be happy ever after!!! :)

      Rudel du Preez - 2013-05-30 15:41

      Twakkie is jy n mofkop

  • Steven Strauss - 2013-05-30 05:17

    dankie tog- hoop dit beteken hy sal nie vir Bokke gekies kan word nie

  • Louis Fourie - 2013-05-30 06:15

    Good news for the bulls

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-05-30 06:16

    JP Du Plessis is one of SA's most gifted centres? I've never heard of him!

  • Louis Fourie - 2013-05-30 06:17

    He was never good as a test player lived in the shadow of JDV!

      Robert Ridgway - 2013-05-30 06:25

      Only because of quotas.

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-05-30 06:54

      He lived in Pretoria.

      Azure Phoenix - 2013-05-30 09:06

      Hahaha, ja Hendrik, jy is een om te praat.

  • BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-05-30 06:19

    Wynand, the Widowmaker , what a legend !

  • Ashwin Keethen Layman - 2013-05-30 08:09

    WTF WP!!! How can you lose someone like JP Du Plessis.

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2013-05-30 08:13

    Who is JP du Plessis?

  • Eben Van Zyl - 2013-05-30 08:59

    What a loss to the rest of the South African teams. All I want to know; Is she going to play for Montpelliers female side????

  • Bootman Stormerboy - 2013-05-30 10:58

    Hope they have good hairdressers in Montpellier.

      Rudel du Preez - 2013-05-30 15:43


  • Peter Boettger - 2013-05-31 00:59

    Brendon on what grounds can you make a statement like 'Wynand"one of SA most gifted Centers good God you should not be a allowed to even to make a comment lke that,in the GUPTA TABLOID, the level of sport writers and reporters is too pathetic to mention in SA.

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