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The Blue Bulls denied an apparent move by Chiliboy from the Bulls to the Lions.

Pieter Jordaan – Sport24

The Blue Bulls have quashed rumours that the man leading the Springboks against Leicester on Friday night, Chiliboy Ralepelle, is set to move to the Lions.

“Chili is contracted with us until 2011 and it’s a contract that was recently signed,” said Blue Bulls company business manager Ian Schwartz.

There have not been negotiations between the Bulls and Lions about Ralepelle’s services.

Schwartz said that the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) had informally enquired about Ralepelle’s availability.

“They only asked whether he would be interested. The Lions and Manie Reyneke (GLRU chief executive) will never follow the unethical route of luring a player, especially after what happened at the Lions recently,” said Schwartz.

“The two unions are very close to one another. In fact, Manie will phone me immediately if one of our players are discussed.”

Schwartz said that the Bulls have a healthy relationship with Ralepelle.

“He is in demand at other unions, but Chili is happy here.”

The return of Gary Botha from European club rugby for the 2010 season means that Ralepelle may well only be a substitute in the Bulls team next year, even if Derick Kuün moves back to flank from hooker.

Ralepelle has been struggling for a few seasons to make the Bulls’ starting line-up. Even so, he is regularly part of the Springbok squad.

It has been reported that Ralepelle’s legal representatives wanted to try and get him out of his contract at the Bulls.

Injuries and Kuün’s good form has meant that Ralepelle has mainly been used in the closing stages of the Bulls’ games.

Botha, Kuün and Bandise Maku will all still be available for the Bulls next year.

Apart from Hans van Dyk, the Lions have young hookers such as Derek Harwood and Torrie Meyer to choose from.

Meanwhile the Lions have included several acquisitions in their Super 14 squad, including Jacques Lombaard (lock), Jonathan Mokuena (loose forward), Burton Francis (flyhalf), Marius Delport (centre), Deon van Rensburg (centre) and Tonderai Chavhanga (wing).

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  1. Hmmm fair enough if he is happy there. I would have liked to see him step out of the comfort of the Bulls and try to go ‘lead’ a franchise like he wants to (or is forced to) lead the Boks.

    I rate him as a player and hope he makes it.

  2. Morne Chilly was a giant at age group level.

    But Boer is also right. Chilly seems to lack ambition and drive.

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 4:17 pm:

    Ek stem saam dat dit dalk so kan wees Boer, maar sommige speler maak net swak besluite.

    Jy gaan nou sien hoedat Skipper Bardenhorst se profiel ewe skielik gelig gaan word volgende jaar as hy deur Os en Naka en Dougie ge-coach word. Selfs Shimange het die luxury gehad om tussen Guthro en CJ te scrum anders sou hy nooit `n Bok trui gesien het nie.

    Ek dink net as Chilly homself rerig ge-back het so hy dalk Cheetahs of Lions toe gaan en as die ware nr2 haker vir sy plek kon veg. Daie watte waarin die Bulle hom toedraai help sekere spelers maar nie rerig vir Chilly nie.

    Maar ek verstaan hoe sy teenworrdigheid mense begin afpis by die dag want hy lyk biejtie soos `n freeloader. Jammer Morne jou Roussouw vergelyking werk nie nie hier nie want ander as Chilly was Danie nooit sommer Bok Kaptein gemaak en gese hy is die volgende jesus voor die ou nog Currie Cup gespeel het nie.

    Danie was wel die ou wat van die bench af die WC Bokke as 8 gehelp het en nooit `n voet verkeerd gesit het nie.

  4. The difference between a test quality hooker and a retread flank should be obvious and so big that no coach’s preferance can deny it. At this point Chilliboy is not test quality and the Bok coach using him as a token is not helping.

  5. “He is in demand at other unions, but Chili is happy here.”

    Why does he have to move… he is guaranteed a Bok wage on the bench… no matter what form or where he benches for any province… ’tis sweet!

    If he moved to the Lions (or Boland)… where he might actually have to start… aikona wena!

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