Lions could sign JP Nel

2012-03-29 07:48

Cape Town - Former Bulls centre JP Nel could make a surprise return to Super Rugby at the injury-plagued Lions outfit.

Nel, 31, is currently without a team after his contract with the NTT Shining Arcs in Japan came to an end.

The Beeld newspaper reports Nel's keen to head for France but the Lions have already enquired if he's available after Doppies la Grange became their latest centre on the injured list.

With Waylon Murray and Dylan des Fountain also out for extended periods, the Lions are waiting anxiously to see if Lionel Mapoe and Alwyn Hollenbach will pass fitness tests ahead of Saturday's clash with the Crusaders.

Should their midfield situation worsen, Nel could be asked to join the Johannesburg team for a couple of weeks.

Nel won the Super Rugby competition twice with the Bulls before leaving South Africa in 2009.

Shortly before his departure he was banned for four weeks for a dangerous tackle on the Sharks' Stefan Terblanche. That kept him from playing for the Bulls in the 2009 Super Rugby final, when they demolished the Chiefs. After that incident he said he would never play Super Rugby again because he believed he was unfairly banned due to a stigma of previous transgressions.

Nel developed a reputation for his suspect tackling and was also banned in 2007 (stiff arm tackle) and 2008 (tip tackle).


  • Johan - 2012-03-29 08:29

    Ek dink hyt die rekord vi meeste geel en rooi kaarte in super rugby :P

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 09:38

      ..en super bekers?? hmmmmmm

      Johan - 2012-03-29 12:13

      err ek dink dit sal n crusader speler wees...

  • cp.vanvuuren - 2012-03-29 08:39

    Sal great wees om jou terug in Super Rugby te sien JP, al is dit vir die Welpies. Dalk moet die Lions dan vir @Marius Delport ook weer nader roep. Twee Super 14 kampioene!!

  • nowelazn - 2012-03-29 08:49

    Seriously overrated player, a thug more than anything else.

  • jwdupreez - 2012-03-29 08:49

    'Mehinks Mitchell is a "planted" agent inside Lions Org......this way they can ensure that Lions stay at bottom of SA Log - even below the "kings"....any place for a 62yr old Never-has-been???....Eish

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-29 08:55

    Damn right it's a surprise!

  • Anthony - 2012-03-29 08:57

    Always liked him.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-29 09:05

    Oh my egg, bacon and chips. This chap is borderline sociopath (or just seriously doff.....) What on earth would the Lions want with him? Butch and JP Nel on the field together = white cards, yellow cards, red cards, re(t)(t)ards.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 09:44

      at first i though you were only mentioning yourself...maybe you do??

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 09:48

      Morning Saffa,Lions can do better than him,surely!!! Sighting commisioner will have a field day with him!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-29 10:23

      @japjapjap - I wish you would provide us all with a little assistance in interpreting the language you speak. There are no 'idio/grunting' interpreters available (as most Bulls folk are still sleeping off last nights revolu"sh"ionary drinking sessions) and I don't have a clue as to what you are trying to 'grunt/communicate'? @Lionel - It seems to be a BS story - relief for the Lions.

  • macmyster77 - 2012-03-29 09:42

    This is not true as just confirmed by the Lions themselves on Twitter 30mins ago....sorry guys!!!

  • Christo - 2012-03-29 11:36

    Genade mens! Spaar die Lions en die SA rugbypubliek dat die man terugkeer. Hy kan weinig doen behalwe geel (en rooi) kaarte bymekaarmaak

  • DeonHeunis - 2012-03-29 12:18

    I know JP well enough (having played with him at school u/19 and u/21 level) to say he is definitely not a thug like some claim. I think he just over commits to tackles sometimes which results in high or dangerous play. My 2c.

  • Ethan - 2012-03-29 21:39

    JP has huge X-factor love to see him back ! Most of the cards he got and suspensions was harsh the New Zealanders play far more dirty with stiff arms and high tackels.

  • Jacques - 2012-03-30 02:04

    Imagine Butch on inside and Nel on outside! @ least 10 minutes without a 12 and 13 on the field! lol

      kriekg - 2012-03-30 07:57

      When last has butch gotten a card? Hes got his tackles and temper in control, now he should just stop kicking away the ball!

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