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DanDango

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https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/giant-french-centre-linked-to-sharks-20190122
Giant French centre linked to Sharks

Cape Town - France centre Mathieu Bastareaud could play for the Durban-based Sharks during the 2020 Super Rugby season.

According to French publication Rugby Rama, the Toulon captain has a clause in his contract that allows him a short stint outside Europe.

Bastareaud, who weighs more than 120kg and is one of the biggest centres in world rugby, reportedly met with Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal to discuss a possible move as he has ambitions of playing Super Rugby.

The report added that Bastareaud is also in high demand in Japan, but that he would prefer to go to Durban as he spent a couple weeks at the Sharks facilities in 2017.


It added that a meeting to finalise Bastareaud's exit will be held after the upcoming Six Nations. He will sign a pre-contract with Toulon for 2021.

If he joins the Sharks, Bastareaud will not be the first Frenchman to do so at either Currie Cup or Super Rugby level.
 

netstrider

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Is there a MyBB superbru group we can join?

EDIT: Nevermind, saw the post above.
 

netstrider

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I don't really rate the French centre. Think the Scot who played for WP / Stormers is a much better player.
 

walterl

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When are they going to tell Bastareaud that he is a loosie?
you mean a prop!

Bulls beat the Lions 21-17 in a warm-up match on Saturday, but both teams fielded sides with players with little Super Rugby experience. In the Lions starting XV only 2 players have played Super Rugby before.
 

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Stormers Super Rugby campaign looks like it might derail before it even gets going... From Supersport.com

Stormers rugby at cross-roads as Treu saga explodes

The onfield part of the DHL Stormers’ preparation match at False Bay Rugby Club at the weekend went well but it was overshadowed by the turmoil being enacted off the field as the Paul Treu saga continued to simmer and now threatens to wreck the Cape team’s campaign.

The Stormers players were locked in an emergency meeting chaired by skipper Siya Kolisi on Sunday afternoon while it is understood that the Western Province union sponsors DHL have given officials an ultimatum that they remove Treu from the system or they may pull out.

The player meeting followed a report in a Sunday newspaper in which their suspicions appeared to be confirmed that new WP president Zelt Marais, who is believed to be a strong supporter of Treu, is going to push for the former Blitzbok coach and Stormers defence coach to replace Gert Smal as director of rugby later this year.

Players were angered by a claim from a source quoted as a Treu supporter in the Rapport story that it was only some individuals within the team and the wider Stormers management who have a problem with Treu, which according to them is not the case.

At the heart of the players’ unhappiness is the fact that they were thoroughly questioned in the investigation that was conducted by an independent law firm, Bowman’s, at the request of WP late last year after Treu had accused the union of discrimination and treating him badly.

The investigation found overwhelmingly that there was no fault and no discrimination on WP’s part and players are upset that the only ramification for Treu has been that he has been shifted into a new role as performance director at the union, which they see as potentially creating a platform for him to move into the directorship.

There have been reports that the directorship role will be disbanded to create a new role of performance director, but that really is just a change of name and nothing more.

Some players have expressed their unhappiness with Treu’s continued involvement in the system in conversation with supersport.com, and player agents have subsequently confirmed that players are so incensed with the latest turn of events that a strike is not completely out of the question.

It has been confirmed that the Sunday report claiming that the playing group approached the sponsors to intervene is accurate.

There has been a series of unabated sideshows off the field throughout the Stormers’ preparation for the new season, starting with new president Marais’ pre-election assertion that if he took office Stormers personnel could expect 25% salary cuts.

Of course it was an impractical suggestion and Marais has subsequently back-tracked. But indications that he met with Treu before the election and that a Paarl-based faction of club administrators, to which Marais was aligned, campaigned for Smal to be replaced, initially by former Bok coach Peter de Villiers, before Marais’ election, is known to have further angered Stormers players.

Partly because the amateur arm of the union that continues to control the sport in the Cape represents more than 100 clubs, which almost demands a populist-appeal approach from those electioneering to serve as office-bearers. WP has always been more agenda-driven than other unions.

Players and other members of the professional arm of the union have long suffered in silence, but the latest developments, with players extremely unhappy at any suggestion that Treu might take on a senior coaching role at the union, is seen to be the last straw and the next 48 hours, as the player, sponsor and union stand-off comes to a head, has been described as a watershed for the union.

With the core of the Stormers squad coming off contract later in the year, and the franchises/unions likely to cede to a request from Rassie Erasmus that the window for overseas clubs to negotiate with local players be brought forward so as not to clash with the World Cup build-up, there is understandable concern among the Stormers management that uncertainty over Treu’s potential role at the union going forward could lead to a player exodus.

It is also highly unlikely that any of the coaches working in the Stormers system currently would be happy to work under Treu should he become the WP director or rugby.

Meanwhile there was some rugby at the weekend, although even the warm-up game against False Bay and a Combined Club XV was overshadowed by politics. Initially the plan was for the Stormers to start the warm-up phase to the new season against the strong False Bay team, but pressure was applied on the management and the team eventually ended up playing two separate halves against fresh teams - one half against False Bay, the other against the Club XV.

The Stormers ended up scoring 14 tries across the two halves, or mini-games, which were divided into chukkas, and coach Robbie Fleck wasn’t unhappy that the hot conditions and the freshness of the opposition made it a bit more difficult for his men than it might otherwise have been.

“The purpose of this match against the combined clubs was for the guys to have a hit out and see where their conditioning is‚” Fleck said.

“It was tough in the heat but we have to get through these tough conditions. It is something you have to deal with and it takes the guys out of their comfort zone.

“We are pushing the guys to see how good their conditioning is and I was happy to see them get up off the ground and keep going. We will introduce a number of Springbok tourists‚ who were on the November tour but didn’t play‚ in the next outing (against the Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on SuperHero Sunday on 3 February).”
 

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Stormers Super Rugby campaign looks like it might derail before it even gets going... From Supersport.com
I don’t believe that Paul Treu must replace Gert Smal. Smal on the other hand only chairs his role, as the hierarchy has systematically succeeded their decisions over Smal’s. Cronyism, Nepotism… The WPRU stepped into that ditch a very long time ago.

There are many and many more capable people than Treu to replace Smal, but they want to keep it in the circle.

Go have a look at the WPRFU Executive Committee and additional members and see which unions and clubs they are supporting.

This is a very touchy area as they want the ‘old guard’ out, not something to argue with many clubs and unions.

OT:

There are also many countries (many top tier unions) that are getting gatvol with World Rugby at the moment.
 

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you mean a prop!

Bulls beat the Lions 21-17 in a warm-up match on Saturday, but both teams fielded sides with players with little Super Rugby experience. In the Lions starting XV only 2 players have played Super Rugby before.
Have the teams really changed that much or what the point of warming up guys that aren't going to play?
 

walterl

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Have the teams really changed that much or what the point of warming up guys that aren't going to play?
I think both sides wanted to see if these fringe players could add value to the squads. Sounds like the Bulls and the Lions will pick full strength sides for the warm-up matches this coming Sunday in Cape Town, while the Stormers won't and I haven't heard what the Sharks are planning yet
 

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I think both sides wanted to see if these fringe players could add value to the squads. Sounds like the Bulls and the Lions will pick full strength sides for the warm-up matches this coming Sunday in Cape Town, while the Stormers won't and I haven't heard what the Sharks are planning yet
The Stormers played the Combined Club XV with a 27-man experimental side. Some 'experimental' players in this team may group up with the 17-man conditioning squad. Full strength, no. The Stormers have 12 Springboks in the conditioning squad and I doubt that they will test every Springbok at Superman Sunday.

Their squad is close to 50 players.
 

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OT, but is anyone going to be following the 6Nations which starts on Friday? Is it threadworthy?
 
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