Aplon heading to France?


Springbok and Stormers wing Gio Aplon is set to become the next high-profile South African to head to France after it was revealed he was “close to signing” a contract with French club Grenoble, according to the website.

Reports in the French media say Aplon is set to become the next high-profile signing for the club, who recently completed the transfer of Jonathan Wisniewski from Racing Metro and are on the prowl to sign more big name stars.

The success of clubs such as Toulouse and Toulon in recruiting big name foreigners continues to drive French rugby and it seems Aplon – now 31 and unlikely to be part of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s plans going into next year’s Rugby World Cup, may well leave the Stormers at the end of this year’s Super Rugby season.

According to French newspaper Midi Olympique, the club have revealed that they are “close to signing” not only Aplon, but also All Black midfielder Francis Saili as they look to add more flair and pace to their backline.

Aplon has played in 17 tests for the Boks, the last being the drawn third test against England in 2012 but is a crowd favourite at Newlands after his exploits for the Springbok Sevens team, the Stormers and Western Province

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    January 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Well HM have not help in letting some of our better players looking for more money.

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    Christo (Vetgesmeerde Blits)

    January 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    It would be a good move for him, he needs to think of his future outside of rugby at this stage of his career.

    Will be a big blow for Stormers and WP. Probably my favourite WP player.

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    January 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Doubt has been cast over reports linking Springbok and Stormers outside back Gio Aplon to French clubs.
    Reports in the French media have suggested Aplon could move to the Top 14 at the end of the season.
    However, sources at the Stormers have rubbished the suggestion, making it clear his contract doesn’t expire till the end of 2014 – which means he would be unlikely to join any French club at the start of their season in August.

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    January 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    @Boertjie: Jip oom maar so het ons ook al gesien hoe die WP die ouens laat gaan voor hulle kontrakte verby is.

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    January 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm


    Die ding met Aplon is dat hy eintlik taamlik
    eendimensioneel is: kry die bal, hink, vaartversnelling –
    maar hy vorder selde meer as 20 tree en dan loop die
    beweging dood. So anders as Willie le Roux, wat baie beter
    visie het.
    En ek dink nie die Stormers kan bekostig om twee kortgatte
    agter te hê nie – Aplon en Kolbe. Die Sharks het dit in
    die eindstryd gewys.
    Jammer dat VD Heever waai net toe hy begin inpas by
    die patroon en Habs padgee.

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    January 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Good on him, if he can go make a bundle for the next few years.

  7. Duiwel


    January 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Grenoble is a kak town.
    And a kak side.
    He should go down south.
    Biarritz ,Toulon,Toulouse .

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    January 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Must be because Victor is coming out of retirement…

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    January 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Why not… he’s already capped and HM picks OS players anyway…


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