It has been a busy 24 hours in South African rugby with 21 day deadline that came to a close for players to opt out of their current contracts with franchises.
From all the unions the Lions got the worst of it and it seems the Sharks and Stormers were the lucky one’s.
The Lions confirmed that The Lions Tyrone Green, Shaun Reynolds, Ruan Vermaak and backline coach Neil de Bruin were leaving the union.
The biggest loss for the Lions was their Springbok Malcolm Marx who will also leave the Lions.
The Lions almost lost Elton Jantjies as well but he opted to stay with the union.
The Bulls seemed to gain more than what they are loosing at the moment with the news that former Bulls captain Arno Botha will return to Loftus.
Jake White has been a busy person with the re-signing of Springbok Duane Vermeulen as well as Marcel van der Merwe and utility back Gio Aplon.
The Bulls said goodbye to Johnny Kotze, Manie Libbok and Dylan Sage.
The Sharks will be very happy today as they were able to keep Springbok star Makazole Mapimpi who turned down a R9-million net offer from NTT Docomo Red.
Mapimpi was not the only player on the radar off overseas clubs. Thomas Du Toit was targeted by offers from France and the UK.
Curwin Bosch was hunted by Bath and Exeter Chiefs while Ruben van Heerden was on he radar of Saracens.
Young Sharks sensation Aphelele Fassi was also given the option to bail out for more money but decided to stay put in Durban.
The Sharks also got Blue Bull and Bulls flyhalf Manie Libbok who will move to Durban.
They did loose three players in Andre Esterhuizen, Tyler Paul and Andisa Ntsila.
The Stormers also seemed to get off this transfer window lightly.
Wilco Louw and Dillyn Leyds will leave the union. There was major worry in the Cape that World Player of the Year, Pieter Steph du Toit would leave for France but the Springbok decided to stay.
The Stormers did also had to say goodbye to Jean-Luc du Plessis and Cobus Wiese.
The Stormers did signed two youngsters in Kade Wolhuter and Keke Morabe.
All in all it does not look that bad after a lot off rumors suggested that much more players will be lost for the South African Franchises.
Now we just need the rugby to start again but that seems atleast one more month away.