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Another strange twist in du Plessis saga

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 May 2015 at 11:19
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Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, according to morning reports, will leave the Sharks at the end of the current Super Rugby season to ply their trade in France.

That’s about as much clarity as there is at the moment, however. According to The Mercury, who have managed to wheedle some sort of statement out of agent Gerrie Swart, the brothers are contractually obliged to join Montpellier (or else risk forfeiting a Million Rand each in deposits) but appear to be looking for some sort of loophole that will allow them to play elsewhere in France.

We can now, seemingly, confirm the assumption we made earlier in the year that the pair had agreed to move to the Southern French city before old nemesis Jake White was appointed head coach there. Reading between the lines, Swart’s plan will now be find another French side with deep enough pockets to both meet the salary demands and also pick up lost deposit costs.

“The move will be out of South Africa,” Swart told Mike Greenaway, adding “a move to another South African franchise has never been a consideration. In all likelihood the destination will be Montpellier (it is the only party with whom I have had discussions ) but paper work has not been fully attended to.”

The Sharks will, I’m told, issue a statement shortly, but it does now look like we can finally confirm that the names of Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis and Willem Alberts will not feature on a Sharks team sheet once Super Rugby finishes for 2015.


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