Bulls lose Vermaak, Potgieter

2013-06-20 22:34

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls have confirmed the departure of scrumhalf Jano Vermaak and flank Dewald Potgieter to France and Japan respectively.

Potgieter decided not to renew his contract which expires at the end of the current Super Rugby competition and instead will join up with the Yamaha Rugby Club in Japan, whilst Vermaak has asked to be released from his contract to join Toulouse in France.

Vermaak’s request to leave after the completion of the Super Rugby tournament will be discussed by the Bulls, as his contract only expires at the end of October 2013.

According to Xander Janse van Rensburg, the Bulls' High Performance Manager, Potgieter, who played in 58 Currie Cup, 63 Super Rugby matches and represented South Africa in six Tests and two tour matches, decided to rather go overseas to experience a different lifestyle and culture.

"We had numerous talks with Jano and at one stage it looked successful, but he finally decided to accept the Toulouse offer.

"We are very sad to lose these two players, as they have massive experience and are part of our leadership core, but one cannot compete with the exchange rate at the moment," Janse van Rensburg said.

Meanwhile, the Bulls have also announced that number of other players have renewed their contracts.
Current Springbok squad members Arno Botha and JJ Engelbrecht have signed on until 2016, while Louis Fouchè, Hencus van Wyk, Jono Ross, Basil Short and Deon Stegmann have signed until 2015, with Handrè Pollard signing on until 2017.
A number of players currently playing for the Junior Springboks in France has also penned extensions.
Flanker Roelof Smit, prop Andrew Beerwinkel and lock Jannes Kirsten signed on till 2015, while current Junior Boks captain, Ruan Steenkamp, signed on till 2014.
Janse van Rensburg says that talks are on-going to sign flanker Jacques du Plessis, who is currently contracted till 2014, for another couple of years.
"It is great to see the vote of confidence in the company and our structures and teams by so many leading players," Janse van Rensburg said.
Engelbrecht indicated that enjoyment as well as the drive to win tournaments made his decision an easy one.
"I am very happy in Pretoria, where a great work ethic and professional outlook is paramount.

" I feel I have developed so much as a player since joining the Bulls and want to keep on improving, something I know will happen here.

"The coaches here are brilliant and one can really develop as a player and as a person," Engelbrecht said.


  • Buksie Botha - 2013-06-20 22:43

    Wow Franse besig om die bulle abseluut te rape van hul spelers

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 04:35

      Yes Bob, the Bulls are the only team that buys players. Idiot.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 05:48

      It's what I do, Tom. It's what I do.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 07:43

      The only thing I care about.

      Donavan Boshoff - 2013-06-21 09:44

      What about Serf? Maybe he wants to come down to Durban. Good man

      frankgerald - 2013-06-21 09:55

      Not true, they are apparently going to Port Elizabeth to play for the Southern Kings next year in Super rugby competition.

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-06-20 22:53

    Beste besluit ooit. Dink net sy ouers sal hom mis.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:32

      Is that why you have never visited Asia, then, Dim Turdis?

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:44

      What? To get eaten...........?

      Rudel du Preez - 2013-06-21 15:35

      Nou het die ander spanne ook n kans teen die Bulle

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-06-20 22:55

    This is not a crisis. It is a catastrophe.

      Omge Klits - 2013-06-20 22:58

      Now we are stuck with the tramp-stamp guy.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-21 09:28

      Oh my word! Didn't even think about that. The painted man would probably become first choice again. Except if the Stormers buy him. Buying players past their prime is a bit of a speciality of theirs isn't it? On the other hand, if he forgets about his celebrity status he might be worth something again someday.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 13:32

      Arno, the Stormers quickly got rid of him. The can spot a lemon quickly. They won't want him back.

  • Adriaan Olivier - 2013-06-20 23:12

    Geen probleem nie, Vermaak is 'n uitstekende speler, maar die Bulle se goeie bestuur laat daai Loftus hardloop soos Nataniel se Championship Boerewors-masjien, as die een loop is daar altyd 'n belowende speler om hom te vervang.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 04:36

      Blou, Cliff mis alles in die lewe.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:08

      Vir seker Cliff. Adriaan, so wie gaan Vermaak vervang? Moet asseblief nie se Hougaard nie. Ek glo nie my maagspiere sal so 'n lagbui kan hanteer nie.

  • Christian Koegelenberg - 2013-06-20 23:16

    Pity about Jano but when they offered him half of his current salary for hi new contract he must have started looking elsewhere. To the later offer him more money was just an insult. Jacques Du Plessis is the pick of the forwards at the U/20 World Cup. Good to see that he might be staying beyond 2014. Next year will most probably be a rebuilding year again as we are leaking good players right now. Maybe we should contract fewer youngster and pay players like Jano Vermaak what they are worth to ensure continuity.

      Christian Koegelenberg - 2013-06-20 23:50

      HIS new contract ... LATER offer him ... Fewer YOUNGSTERS ... late nights are killing me!

  • Izzi Max - 2013-06-20 23:20

    6/15 starters gone...this is getting f***ing ridiculous

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 04:14

      Izzi, beware. Pink Raven is getting angry! If she d***nners you, it will leave a mark. There's a lot of weight behind her klap, just keep that in mind. And I mean A LOT of weight.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 04:37

      Chris, do you do stand up? Don't.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 04:44

      At the moment I'm sitting down. You?

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 06:40

      What. Do you mean you type your posts standing up? That can only mean you do it on an iPhone. Which means your job does not give you a computer. And that in turn can only mean one thing: you're a nightshift security guard. I hope your job can at least afford to give you a warm jacket.

      Riaan Snyman - 2013-06-21 07:37

      Potgieter, Ralapele, Vermaak, Botha, Steyn, Mapoe, Olivier, Kirsner, Steenkamp That is 9 leaving !!!!

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:46

      9 leaving and not one of them a real loss.

      Izzi Max - 2013-06-21 10:42

      Oh yea, I'm soooo scared Im shaking in my Zzzzzzzzzz

  • Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 05:18

    It's a pity. Vermaak was the only Bull in the Bok team on merit.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-06-21 06:05

      Well, there are no Stormers players who can replace the rest.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 06:38

      Schreuder. Already replaced Vermaak.

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-06-21 05:37

    Career decisions, good luck to them.

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-06-21 06:33

    Sien julle hoe swaak Spies is,niemand oorsee soek die skou ponie nie.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-21 07:29

      Ons sal hulle moet betaal om hom te vat!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-06-21 06:39

    These players must compete internationally and earn good bucks. becoming a springbok is not the honour it was before.

  • Simpson Nyongesa - 2013-06-21 06:52

    The only player whom we are going to miss is Morne Steyn,but the rest are free to go!You cant compare Arno Botha with Dewald?Jano Vermark n Hoggie(when on form) Zane n Visser, Widower n Jan Serfontein!Even Juandre should juz leave nw!!He is a waste better Paul willemse!!At flyhalf i have a belief Pollard will step into the shoes n will be abok next year!Lastly Fouche shd follow the suit n leave he iz just awaste!!!Go Bulls!!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-06-21 06:56

      That's a very positive attitude but, the Bulls will struggle without all that depth and experience. Do have some very good youngsters coming through though.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-21 07:30

      We have a widower? Shame! At such a young age!

      Simpson Nyongesa - 2013-06-21 07:31

      As far as am concerned Rome was not build in 1 day,I think Bulls will have to sacrfice 2 seasons to gain the experience!Mark u knw that all these youngsters are superstars compares to their age Jimmy!!Even Boks should follow suit n have a dream team,not ateam of old people like Jdv,Superman Spies,Beast n Jannie!Boks wunt go forward!!!

      JumpenJack Gold - 2013-06-21 09:41

      Bafunny kan Morne Steyn leen as striker sodat hulle vr di worldcup kan qualify...aangesien sy voete so jik

  • Jean Rossouw - 2013-06-21 07:04

    Waarom soek hulle die Bulle so graag... WANT HULLE IS DIE BESTE!

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:24

      ....of goedkoop.

      Jean Rossouw - 2013-06-21 07:41

      Bulle het nogsteeds 3 en julle nul...niks...> envy Chokers

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:42

      The only real losses the Boks suffered to overseas clubs this year came from the Stormers: Habana and Bekker. Bekker's loss is already being felt with no nr. 5 taking the field in the past two tests. And Habana will leave a big hole behind, but the Boks are lucky that Aplon can quickly and effectively take over from him.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:47

      Pragtig Jean. Het jy self aan daai een gedink? Of het jy hulp gehad?

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:55

      I don't expect a total illiterate to know who they are. Rugby illiterate that is. Just wait a moment, if I can find any comment from you about rugby on any previous article, I will explain to you who they are. But give me some time to look through old articles.

  • Anton Anton - 2013-06-21 07:25

    Hou Dop - Shaun Venter van die Kings kom terug huistoe

  • Robert Rob - 2013-06-21 07:44

    Well rugby at this level is a professional sport and players go where the money is. Don't blame the Bulls management for "buying" local talent. Bulls management seem to be the best for identifying talent at an early age and then grooming the youngsters to become stars. Hougaards, Morne Steyn, Habana to mention a few. Actually when one considers worshiped players walk away to other teams, is makes the fanatical supporting of any particular province rather shallow and petty.

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:49

      Hougaard and Morne stars? No not really. Habana has been a star long before the Bulls bought him.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-06-21 07:45

    Vermaak moved to the Bulls to be close to his businesses which are in Pta , France a bit further away than Jhb ,

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 07:50

      So you believed that excuse?

  • Morne Strydom - 2013-06-21 08:02

    Ek is n stormer ondersteuner , en ek stam saam met JJ , die Bulls se afrigting span is 100 keer beter as in die Kaap . Hoe vinniger WP rugby besef dat Alister nie n beker wenner is nie hoe beter sal dit vir S.A rugby wees

  • Danie Fick - 2013-06-21 08:15

    Well done Jano,hulle het seker vir jou gese jyt nie genoeg tatoo's nie,hulle gaan jou een of ander tyd uit die span gooi.... Bja sterkte daar anderkant en alles van die beste....

  • Terence Vincent Byrne - 2013-06-21 08:29

    But lets be honest without the cape and lately the free state the bulls would not have a junior set up fact !

      Wynand Calitz - 2013-06-21 09:09

      en jy wonder hoekom n jong belowende speler nie WP wil speel nie?

      Terence Vincent Byrne - 2013-06-21 10:34

      Ek stry nie ek se net dat sonder die WP en Free State het die Bulle nie n Junior rugby span of n senoir span. Ek nie daar is iets verkeerd of niksi ek se net dit is net fact lol

      Omge Klits - 2013-06-21 14:41

      @Wynand - die meeste belowende WP spelers is reeds te groot vir die Stormers op sestien.

  • Wynand Calitz - 2013-06-21 08:50

    Ek hoop die WP het n goeie Cravenweek span die jaar, die Bulle het BAIE spelers nodig!

      Omge Klits - 2013-06-21 14:43

      Stuur solank almal wat nie reeds gekontrakteer is deur die WP nie - maklik om uit te ken - dis die ouens wat langer as 1.5 meter is.

  • Wynand Calitz - 2013-06-21 08:52

    Almal moet net besef dat sport n professie is, en dat hierdie manne nie layaal is teenoor n span nie, maar dat dit sy werk is, en as hy n ander aanbod kry wat beter is, het hy mos die volste reg om dit te oorweeg? Ondersteuners besit nie spelers nie!

      Terence Vincent Byrne - 2013-06-21 10:38

      Daar is niks verkeerd daar meer nie as jy meer geld kan kry go for it. Maar fact is fact Sonder die WP en Free State was die bulle se rugby swaak

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-06-21 09:30

    Methinks that Harold and Thomas are one and the same person. Their intellects are just tooooo similar.

  • JumpenJack Gold - 2013-06-21 09:32

    Solank Tarzan nerens gaan ni

  • JumpenJack Gold - 2013-06-21 09:50

    Morne Steyn's boot won matches for the boks---accept against NZ and the mighty Auz

  • Conrad Marshall - 2013-06-21 11:19

    Blue Bulls Company creates/develops superstar players, then Toulouse and others just come and poach them.... that's BS. Clubs that poach our best players should pay compensation....

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 13:34

      Uhm.......didn't you buy Vermaak from the Lions?

      Omge Klits - 2013-06-21 14:46

      Crisis in OZ - don't be an idiot - Conrad clearly referred to compensation for the development costs incurred by the BB's

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-06-21 15:10

      Fake chrissie, just one question for you my friend: How are things going with the stormers?

  • Johan Kleu - 2013-06-24 06:52

    Ek wonder hoeveel Springbokke wens vandag hulle kan vir die Blou Bulle speel???!!!

  • Guru Liebenberg - 2013-06-25 15:58

    There goes vermaaks future bok chances

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