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Francis moves Agen

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 31 May 2013 at 09:52
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Forgive the horrible headline pun, I beg, but it seems that Griquas flyhalf Burton Francis is on his way to join recently-relegated French side Agen.

The 26-year-old Paarl pivot has battled to settle since leaving the Bulls at the end of the 2009 season, citing a lack of game time at higher levels after establishing himself as a Currie Cup stalwart in Pretoria. Since then, Francis has amassed an impressive collection of Super Rugby jerseys without ever quite managing to win a regular starting position – he’s played for the Lions (2010-2011), Stormers (2012) and also Cheetahs (2013) since moving on from the Bulls and some have felt it would be only a matter of time before he somehow managed to add a Sharks jersey to his almost-complete pile.

To my mind, though, Francis has always been a far better player than he’s often credited for, showing superb BMT just weeks ago to sink a crucial injury-time penalty to deny the Stormers a much-needed win in Bloemfontein. His reward from Naka Drostke for that effort, though, is one to which he’s become quite accustomed – yet another demotion in favour of other flyhalves.

We’d like to wish Burton all the best for his move to France – hopefully he’ll find a system and a coach that will back him and blieve in him and allow him to thrive. Bon voyage – et bonne chance!


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