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Friday Snippets

February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Little bit of this and a little bit of that.

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JC Janse van Rensburg signed with Bayonne?

According to iol JC Janse van Rensburg signed with French club Bayonne for the Top 14 next season. He is expected to join Bayonne in August. Bad news for the Lions if true.


According to Lionsworld:

JC’s agent just posted this message on twitter:

This is to confirm JCJansevanRensburg has not signed at Bayonne. He simply has an offer. Decision tbc 30 May

Professor Jake White

First a World Cup, then an ACT Brumbies revival and now a professor – Jake White is going back to his teaching roots to boost the University of Canberra’s bid to be known as the best sporting university in Australia.

White will be announced on Thursday as an adjunct professor at the university where the Brumbies coach will give lectures, help with course development and add technical expertise to the new sporting hub at Bruce.

Read more:

Big Mistake

Peter Grant back at the Stormers

Beeld reports that Peter Grant will joining the Stormers on Monday. Although he has been back in Cape Town earlier already his Japanese club contract didn’t allow him to join up with the Stormers earlier.

Rugby Showdown 2013

Rugby Showdown 2013 will be the inaugural event played between The Golden Lions from South Africa and a North American All Stars team consisting of players based in USA and Canada.

13 April: Fullerton, California

20 April: Vancouver, Canada

Visit the Rugby Showdown web site

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New Rugby scrum engagement trialed

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2013 will provide the backdrop for a revised scrum engagement trial featuring props binding on the “touch” call.,25883,3551_8514122,00.html

Sea Shepherd’s ships confront Japanese whalers in the Antarctic

Ref cam trials

Ref Chris Pollock will use the ref cam during the Reds vs Waratahs game on Saturday. This should give us some interesting views on some of the ref decisions.

That sinking feeling:

Pick up lines and putdowns

5 responses to Friday Snippets

  1. JC leaving is going to hurt the Lions

    • True but we haven’t had confirmation yet. As I wrote previously, we have a number of players whose contracts expire this year and I am worried we’re going to lose a number of them after the CC:

      2013 Under-21s:
      Mark Pretorius, hooker, 2013
      Gideon Muller, prop, 2013
      Fabian Booysen, loose forward, 2013
      Jacques Kotze, prop – 2013

      2013 Seniors:

      Robert du Bruyn Centre 2013
      JR Esterhuizen, wing, 2013
      Deon Helberg, wing, 2013
      Ruan Combrinck, Wing/fulback – 2013
      JC Janse van Rensburg, prop – 2013
      CJ van der Linde, prop – 2013
      Hendrik Roodt, lock – 2013
      Jaco Kriel, flank – 2013
      Stephan Greeff, lock – 2013
      Warren Whiteley, eighthman – 2013
      Michael Bondesio, scrumhalf – 2013
      Ross Cronje, scrumhalf – 2013
      Whestley Moolman, scrumhalf – 2013
      Guy Cronje, flyhalf – 2013
      Alwyn Hollenbach, centre – 2013
      Dylan Des Fountain, centre – 2013
      Bradley Moolman, centre – 2013

      • I think that depends a lot on the Kings, and the financial picture at the Lions. Personally i wished Free State had begged Toyota for a few more Rand so they could loan him from the Lions.

        He’s been one of the form looseheads in SA the last year, and its always bad losing someone like that.

        • The Lions finances are apparently not too bad. Not rosy, but we’ll survive.

          Most of the sponsors stayed and the Ellis Park suite holders too (only two canceled but more signed up)

          The Lions Challenge costs are carried by the Lions but there are sponsors too and the USA trip is largely covered by sponsors in the US.

          The problem is that even if we win the knockouts we’ve lost so many players that we will struggle to be even remotely competitive in Super Rugby in 2014

          • If most of the sponsors stayed they must have been in serious trouble financially.

            If i just do a quick estimate of CTC for a few of them:

            Jantjies – 1.3-1.8 He’s played for the Boks and considered marquee

            Taute – 1.2-1.8 Same as Jantjies. Off Junior Contract and on higher Senior Contract

            Mapoe – 1.3 is the number i think i heard way back when

            Rhodes – Probably 600-800k

            Cilliers – Same boat as Rhodes

            Franco – probably 800-1.3

            Maku – Same as Franco

            Baywatch – same as Franco

            With some rounding that gives you 6-7 mil. Josh was probably cheap since they signed him from VC.

            Hoe gald arent they now WP took Jacque Fourie’s 3.6 off the books.

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