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Smal confirms du Toit negotiations

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Jun 2015 at 10:05
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“Loyalty” is a strange word these days – at least, that’s the way it would seem. An article on EWN’s website this morning quotes Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal and confirms that Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit is in negotiations with the Cape Union, relating to a move to Newlands next season.

Du Toit, in an interview with The Mercury’s Mike Greenaway several weeks ago, went on record about just how much he owes the Sharks, the union that has seen him safely through three successive major injury rehabilitation periods over the last 30 months and have continued, unflinchingly, to pay out both contract fees and medical bills for a player who has managed to play only 8 times in Super Rugby (and a further 5 in Currie Cup) over that period.

When speaking to Greenaway, du Toit indicated that this investment – and loyalty – from the union that discovered him as a raw 19-year-old and promoted him straight into their senior ranks, ahead of more established second row options, might be repaid in kind. We know that there’s a big renewal offer on the table in Durban and yet, all talk of loyalty aside, du Toit has opted not to sign it, but to rather seek permission to enter into negotiations with another union.

John Smit should clearly have rather bought a dog.


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