Louw linked with Bath move

2011-04-01 11:31

Cape Town - Springbok flank Francois Louw has signed a deal to move to Bath Rugby for the 2011/12 season, according to The Bath Chronicle.

Louw, 25, will replace fellow Springbok and current Bath captain Luke Watson who is returning to South Africa to join up with the Southern Kings at the end of the season.

It is understood that Louw's deal will keep him at The Rec until at least 2013.

While neither Bath Rugby nor Louw's current Vodacom Super Rugby side, the Stormers, have confirmed the move, sources have confirmed it is a done deal.

"Francois Louw has signed for Bath," said a contact close to both northern and southern hemisphere rugby. He will definitely be going to Bath."

According to Die Burger's Stephen Nell, the Western Province Rugby Union didn't wish to reveal too much about the situation.

“Louw’s contract expires on October 31, 2011. WP Rugby will only comment on players’ contracts and movements after the completion of the Super Rugby competition,” said Gavin Lewis, head of marketing at the union.

Louw’s decision comes as a surprise. Being the grandson of former WP president, Jan Pickard, he has strong family bonds with the union.

Louw has seven Test caps to his name since making his debut against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in June 2010.

Louw will start for the Stormers in their Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.



15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Lwazi Mvovo

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean De Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermuelen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. CJ Van Der Linde, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Gary Van Aswegen, 22. Juan De Jongh


  • RJ - 2011-04-01 11:38

    Ou No man, Well good luck pimp.

  • Jik - 2011-04-01 11:38

    "Springbok flank" This media engine of ours..

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-01 11:51

      @ Jik Test Debut: 2010 vs Wales Test Caps: 7 Test Points: 10 (2t) what are you on about??

      Jik - 2011-04-01 12:03

      So by your erasoning Elton Jantjies is springbok flyhalf,? Get real dude..

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 12:07

      Meisiekind, Steggies, Spies and Potgieter are 'called' Springboks.......shudder.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-01 12:13

      @JIK, how many tests have Elton Jantjies played?

      mummford - 2011-04-01 12:27

      Jik...I think you meant to say "Bulls Flank"lol

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-01 12:45

      ...Baby Aplon, ...Ricky Januarie, ...Peter Grant ...and Bryan Habana ...are also called Boks... ......shudder....

      mummford - 2011-04-01 12:51

      Johnnybb.... knowledge of rugby....shudder!!!!!!

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-01 12:53

      @JohnnyBB. I have to agree with you on Brussow and I have to agree with you on Januarie. But I cannot agree with you on the fact that you see yourself as a rugby fan.

      Marx - 2011-04-01 13:14

      Jaa he's leaving, tired of getting Vaalwyn as payment after each game, they call it the "Dop Stelsel" Hy sal nie eers die Bulle se Vodacom span haal nie !!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 13:20

      @Marx - remind us again how well the Bulls Vodacom Cup team are performing mate? PS: did you cry when F Louw manshamed Steggies at Loftus, or did you wait until you got home to blubber?

      Elroy - 2011-04-01 13:24

      @marx Ek dink nie hy sal vir daai vrot Bulls Vodacom team wil spel nie...ou paw-paw

      Marx - 2011-04-01 13:31

      Saffa, man won the game with a couple of penalties, Flo-wyn proved nada, and there will offcoarse be a return game in Slaapstad, we will be coming to settle a few scores !!!

  • saliem - 2011-04-01 11:39

    I hope that doesn't mean that Puke Watson will be heading back to Cape Town. The Lions can have him :P

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 11:42

      He's going to Southern Kings,I would not mind if he comes back to Cape Town at all,great leader and rugby player,what he said in the past is in the past,time to move on with that subject.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 12:00

      @Gooinat - Luke is still a fine rugby player, and a great captain. If Pedrie, Joost, Steve, Bakkies, Bees etc etc can be forgiven - heaven knows why Luke can't be.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-01 12:48

      ......the Stormers deserve Luke Watson.....

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-01 13:26

      puke can suck it.... he and hes inbreed father

      mike - 2011-04-01 16:15

      Because Puke did his bussines on the Bok jersey, you can't even compare them man.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 11:40

    Good move for him. Ernstig. He won't get another Bok look-in at the moment, so why not go and play for the moola, come back 2 years before the next World Cup....

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 11:54

      If Louw leaves,think Duane will go 7 and Koster 8????

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-01 11:56

      Derick Minnie linked to the Stormers?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 12:04

      I think we will purchase Deon Stegman.......... :)

      Oukoos - 2011-04-01 12:20

      Deon Stegmann??? WDF? Sorry, ek het vergeet dit is 1 April

      mummford - 2011-04-01 12:31

      There are plenty young loose forwards with loads of potential.I have been really impressed with some players in the varsity cup.We will miss Louw but there are plenty more out their .

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 13:51

      @Oukoos - glad you realised it was a sickkkkkkkkkkkkkk joke that....If the powers that be down here ever wasted good money on Steggies, there would be a storming of the bastille.

  • Makutu - 2011-04-01 11:42

    This will be a serious loss of Talent in the country. As much of a Blue Bulls fan as I might be, I think that Francois Louw is one of our best flankers in the country. much better than Deo Stegmann. Bath must leave this guy alone please. The Boks need him. That's provided that our coaches/selectors start thinking for a change.

  • Chadwick - 2011-04-01 11:42

    Good. He needs a bath. A thorough bath at that.

  • Chadwick - 2011-04-01 11:44

    "He will definitely be going to Bath." Lol. Just sounds so funny. It's like they're reporting on a guy that hasn't had a bath in 7 months.

  • gooinat - 2011-04-01 11:44

    This story came up about 2 or 3 months ago when Luke decided to return,if it is true then goodluck to him,has served Province,Stormers and the Boks well.

  • vinchainsaw - 2011-04-01 11:46

    If you're behind somebody like Stegman in the Bok pecking order then I'd also decide to leave.

  • Supersmurf - 2011-04-01 11:51

    Good bye ,,,good riddence

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-01 11:56

      hehe, like your style superior smurf!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 11:57

      @Alwyn - don't you have a 3rd force revolution to plan or something? Go pack your paintball bullets, polish your slingshots, collect pebbles for ammo....just go...please?And take your corporals with you....

      mummford - 2011-04-01 12:39

      good riddance???? Good riddance that has helped us clap every team thus far in the compo.The Bulls as far as im concerned could learn plenty from the Stormers loose trio.Bulls should be ashamed of their performance this year. Embarrassing for S.A rugby

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-01 12:42

      ....please stay there, .....and LukeWwatson....

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 13:04

      @Saffa,I smell a rat here,a wannabee,check the spelling on one of the Stormers supporters names,I think someone has tried to copy he's name and I think you know whom I am talking about.

      Marx - 2011-04-01 13:04

      These Stormer plonkers doesn't know the word loyalty, they run for the first couple of rands thrown their way, they'll probably go on strike should they be so lucky to make the play-offs.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:19

      @supersmurf...nah unlike you who just has to lick stamps all day i do go away on business.You cleeeeva hey??

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:37

      you can put that forward to my wife......but i think once she sees you, that stomach and those size 17 toe jam feet i think she might just throw up all over you! Your wife must just love cuddling up to you hey Alwyn.mmmmmm it must be a real treat for her???Hold on im running to the toilet to throw back in a min!!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-01 13:41

      gooinat: You wide awake , I had to go back & check , it must be ALWYN KRUGER or one of the other useless idiots , spelling & schooling is not their strong point !!! How low must you go , you musy be so ashamed of your real team to try that !!!

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:52

      Pregnant??/Did you study Bio at school.Talking about being pregnant,how is your daughter doing?Very sad story, but he did say he loved her!!

  • Wynand - 2011-04-01 11:54

    this is what rugby 365 has to say about this

      Wynand - 2011-04-01 11:55

      rugby 365 heading reads : Louw 'loyal' to WP, despite Euro offers So who do we believe??

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-01 12:05

      A rugby site refering to the Super 15 competition as the super14 should put a little doubt to the mind

      Jik - 2011-04-01 12:05

      Dude your link says super 14.. time to get with the program..

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-01 12:06

      But anyhow, I hope they are right. Would hate to see this talent leave our shores

  • why-not - 2011-04-01 12:14

    if W.P lets him go they will be making a big mistake, i think province supporters should have a say in players will be sold to other clubs ... i pray this is a joke ...

      Corrie - 2011-04-01 13:14

      Would be a pitty if he goes, he still has a lot to offer and is a big impact player...

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-01 12:48

    I have never in all my life , and I used listen to rugby , long before TV , seen or heard from such a useless bunch of IDIOTS as these so called BLUE BULL fans , they know nothing about the game , they only see BLUE ( Like Idiot in chief ALWYN KRUGER , Lloyd -Pappa Smurf & Jaco) No wonder they are always changing there names , they are ashamed of their behaviour !!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 13:06

      @Cliff - and people ask why there is such 'aggro' between the North and South....look no further than that HERD you named and shamed. Our differences are not limited to rugby though....I for instance would probably ONLY meet or see a chap of their(the herds) sort in the 'real world' when I dropped R5 into his tin at the robots....OR when I assisted him in retrieving his "Unemployed, 7 kids, 2 wives, Bulls fan-check my jersey, God Bless" poster after the wind had blown it under my vehicle... So: no use arguing with them, or entertaining them - we have zero in common with them, zilch, nada, niks. @Molefe etc, you know I am not referring to you :)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 13:26

      @Alwyn - Why would I report you old chap? I enjoy your barbaric ignorance. Having you & the rest of the herd here, gives me VITAL insight into how the "lesser mortals" live....A unique opportunity for me (and others) to observe you lot within a structured habitat. I call it SCIENCE......So NO, tis not I. (PS: it could just be that the moderators here happen to understand "Bulls language", and pick up on all the crass language you drool in?) Possibly?

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:28

      I missed Alwyns clean upper class lip!Can you imagine him in London? I cringe with embarrassing at the thought.

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 13:31

      @Alwyn,you good but not that good,go for spelling lessons my buddy,Mumford spelt his name like this not like this Mummford,nice try though:)

      watalife - 2011-04-01 13:32

      @Supersmurf, Good its best you behave or we will get you deleted for life. Stick to sitting on a kamp stoel at the Roodeplaat dam with you bloubul hat on and use those horns to change your mind manually.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:40 is me mumford, got reported so had to re apply! Ralph, Graeme Koster-Bishop old boys.Ralph was the elder of the 2.Just want to prove it is me.

      Marx - 2011-04-01 13:44

      Supersmurf, it's hard for these papsaksuigers to take what they hand out so frequently, remember they have been moaning and bitching for 11 years...make it 12....this year would be no different !!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-01 13:46

      Supersmurf: if you kept the dirty , smutty remarks to a minimum , you would not get reported , only 56 actually , but better than you on your best day . I don't need horns & a nose ring , and bragging about BMI & 2 oceans , to feel good about myself. !!! ( & besides I never reported you, don't need to)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 13:47

      @Mumford - back in black to terrorise the cr@p. @Gooinat - you see, Divvy was wrong, the fastest gunslinger does not eventually die, he just gets a new profile.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:56

      i am back....Alwyn, hide your daughter, the sheriff is back!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 14:01

      Mumford is the real Mumford. Knersus is Pappa Smurf (banned again it seems). Alwyn Kruger is Supersmurf.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 14:06

      Now @Alwyn - before the weekend kicks in - let't talk RUGBY. How do you see the Defending Champions doing tomm against the useless Hurricanes? Will the gameplan include kicking the ball straight down the throats of the Canes back 3? (who happen to include Gear this weekend as well) or will it be a "keep the ball at all costs" mindset that gives the Bulls a win? Please advise...... I am also interested in your take on the Stormers / Sharks game.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:08

      The Bulls are going to battle to win another game.As for getting to the final stages of the compo...i doubt that very much.If i was them i would play a "b" side and rest their top players(are their any left).

      Supersmurf - 2011-04-01 14:14

      No tell me first who is Lloyd then,and who is Knersus because i can not be all of them surely not?

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:17

      SAFFA dont be so cruel, asking him a question like that and embarrassing him in front of the whole forum-shame on you

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:31

      Oh I is Alwyns Birthday today.Happy Birthday Fatty

      Oukoos - 2011-04-01 14:37

      @ALWYN - happy birthday fool

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 14:41

      @Mumford,Apologies for that,atleast you can't blame me for being observant, I don't put anything past that split personality of a Alwyn Kruger.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 14:46

      @Unbetabulls - please tell me how the Bulls are going to win tomm - instead of spewing out nonsensical DRIVEL.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:48 problem.But please it is Alwyns Birth Day today and not one of you have wished him on this special day April the 1st.Happy B Day Alwyn...all the best mate.

      gooinat - 2011-04-01 14:55

      Happy birthday Alwyntjie,branners and diet dixie cola is going to flow in Danville tonight,don't drink to much you've still got to do your half marathon tomorrow(tomorrows headlines"earth tremmor hits Danville),may you be blessed by losing weight:)

  • The_Fox - 2011-04-01 12:57

    Flo is going nowhere. Springbok Francois Louw will remain loyal to the Stormers and Western Province, despite several offers from cash-flush European clubs. Reports that Louw has already signed a deal to move to Bath for the 2011-12 season, has been dismissed as speculation the player's agent, Hilton Houghton. According to media reports in England, the 25-year-old Stormers star will replace fellow Bok and current Bath captain Luke Watson - who is returning to his homeland to join up with the Southern Kings at the end of the current European season. "The fact is, Francois Louw is contracted to Western Province [Pty] Ltd till October 31," Houghton told

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-01 13:49

      The_Fox : Don't want to sound like a prophet of doom , but I remember Joe Pietersons Agent saying the same thing !!! HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT !

      The_Fox - 2011-04-01 15:08

      Damn right Cliff, I REALLY hope his agent isn't lying...

  • Green Oaks - 2011-04-01 13:02

    Not good enough as a Bok. Good luck abroad

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-01 13:26

      Guess his man of the match awards for the first two 3N games last year was because of just that. Because he's just not good enough...please

      Green Oaks - 2011-04-01 13:50

      Hannes. And since then? He even disappeared in the Currie Cup

  • Supersmurf - 2011-04-01 13:17

    Stormers will always be the middle to low class team in SA rugby,,11 years loser chokers and counting

      mummford - 2011-04-01 13:32

      Middle to low class team???You mean a 2nd grade/division.Class is what you dont have or where a person studies ! But how do you justify your comment when we are no 1 on the log.I see you have really thought this one threw.

      watalife - 2011-04-01 13:34

      Low class is something that is paracticed full time in your house. the bulls wont see another cup for at least 10 including the Mandela cup. Come back online tomorrow morning after yet another loss and chirp all you can. - 2011-04-01 13:39

      Supersmurf, You are like my younger brother always need attention even if it is negative attention. A klap against the head keep his mouth shut for a week or so. Where's your wife? Please ask her to give you a klap to keep you happy till Monday.

      Supersmurf - 2011-04-01 13:57

      Mummy last year this time your team were also no 1 on the Log ,,,and then they faded,,,choked,,,

      etok - 2011-04-01 13:59

      true we havnt won a cup in 10 years, but seeing as you and johnny want to forever look back at the past then both of you should know no team will ever come close to winning cups as much as WP did, infact its going to take the bulls 10 years alone to overtake us(which is never going to happen), so heres a fact for you incase both of you dont know: The Currie Cup, WP- 32 Bulls:23 Lions: 9 Sharks: 6 Freestate: 4 Griquas: 3 Border: 2 Our trophy cabinet however is not empty, we have Neo Africa Tri-Series trophies in there lol So dont look back at history buddy, look at the present and please be sure to see who is top of the table AT THE MOMENT. Fact is we the better SA team right now and theres nothing you can say about that. So to the rest of the SA teams, thank you for polishing and keeping that cup clean until we actually need it again.....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 14:09

      @Alwyn, and this time last year, Loftus was full of "fans".......and YOU could still see your feet..............things change bud.

      Marx - 2011-04-01 14:12

      Mummyford, number one only means something when you end the season number one and win the title, I know this means the world to you, shame, you never had the chance before to say, we are number us Bulls......

      Supersmurf - 2011-04-01 14:20

      @ETOK the first 20 years you won the currie cup was before the existence of the Nothern Transvaal Rugby union,,You won against Boland,Freestate union,and Border,,,hardly a noteworthy achievement,and just to correct you its 11 years,,now run along and get something else to impress us with because not impressed with your teams history

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:29 went school?? So if you look at the log at present, what is that numerical thing on the left next to the name DHL Stormers????Oh i though it was a number 1, One, Een.Numb nut !

      etok - 2011-04-01 14:30

      my point was look at the FACTS doesnt matter when and who came in buddy its written down in the history book, something nobody can change. Obviously you not impressed with it, because your team wasnt anywhere close to us AND NEVER EVER WILL BE!!!!!!!!!!!! Give yourself a favour and take a good look at the log at the moment, a very good look and you tell me who is the better team in this country to this very minute(theres fkall you can say) please dont bring the word chocking into things, the comp is far from over, its a pity i cant call the bulls chokers this year because they not going to make it far enough to choke. why dont you give us all a favour and run along to your teams posts, as far as i can see this involves WP but if i was a bull or whatever then id also read about the number 1 team at the moment because the rest are all deppressing. u just as sad as the bulls

      mummford - 2011-04-01 14:31

      Happy B Day Alwyn(fatty)

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-01 14:35

      Okay yes the bull supporters are gud looking yes we know, but THE STOMERS STILL SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-01 15:01

      OK Saffa Cat- like we did last year, clearly no one has been watching rugby last year and the year before. Yes i agree the bulls is underperforming due to whatever the reason is(contracts not signed etc,etc) but you as well as i know that the bulls even on 50% firing capacity will win any team on this planet, Yes bulls are stuck in a rut at the moment, but the only reason for that might be their attitudes.As for what is going to happen tomorrow and what will happen tomorrow, well only time will tell.

      mummford - 2011-04-01 15:26 continue to look like a japs eye! You call us losers,fags etc.Domkop...these fags gave the mighty tough Bulls a pak slaan.So what does that say about them and their supporters

  • GILLBERT - 2011-04-01 13:25

    hes gonna replace puke at bath..... cute

  • Coen - 2011-04-01 13:30

    Hopefully it is one of those jokes on 1 April!

  • Neville - 2011-04-01 15:12

    Francois instead of Daune must play for the springboks

  • Rugbysemoer - 2011-04-01 17:23

    if an advocate can say it to a judge then why can't I

      CapeBuffalo - 2011-04-02 09:31

      But the advocate admitted he was you are drunk too...stadig met die spiritus ou.....

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