Bakkies off to Toulon?

February 21, 2011
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Reports from French Newspapers have suggested that Bakkies Botha signed a 3-year deal with French Club Toulon.

The Midi Olympique newspaper reported that the Bulls and Springbok lock will join the French club on a 3-year deal following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year.

Botha who has also been rumoured to be in talks with the Lions and their multi-millionaire investor, Robert Gumede, has seemingly decided on the French club for an amount said to be close to 700 000 Euro’s per year for the 3 years.

Midi Olympique suggested that the signing will be made official by Toulon Club president, Boudjellal within the next 12 hours.

Bakkies will join an elite group of international stars at the French club including recently signed Australian star, Matt Giteau, as well as the likes of Joe van Niekerk (captain), Carl Hayman and George Smith.

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12 Comments

  1. avatar DavidS says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Dammit

    The Lions should not be trying for him

    Rather they should be trying for Juandre Kruger or Flip VD Merwe

    Latter even better as a hardman foil for Franco VD Merwe

    Kind of the old Kevin De Klerk

    Or Kobus Wiese / Hannes Strydom combination

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    These guys have had just about every major star from every country… amazing…

  3. avatar Morné says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Update: Bakkies denies reports in the French media.

  4. avatar pietploos says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Why do I get a feeling of Deja Vue?

  5. avatar Morné says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Reply to pietploos @ 3:28 pm:

    Indeed…

  6. avatar Deon says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Club would be crazy to fork out big money for a guy that will be sidelined for most of the season due. :soek:

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 3:29 pm:
    Due to?

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 6:17 pm:

    Due to kak-soeking…

    Anyways it’s all been confirmed in our rugby news with a R21mill 3yr contract… good on the man!

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Gerrie Swart is certainly coining it of late with all his big signings!

  10. avatar pietploos says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The deal is that the owner of Toulon will anounce it personally and make it officiol and until then – no parties involved will make any statements.

    Bakkies has however confirmed it to his team mates……….

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Good for you Bakkies go and make some money

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    So Gerrie Swart is now earning commissions off the two highest paid South African players of all time?

    Who else is in his stable?

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