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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

 

SHARKS TURN TAIL AFTER FAILING IN BID FOR MURRAY


Image: Sporting Life
Grant Robbins
www.mirror.co.uk

EDINBURGH have won the battle to keep Scott Murray after Natal Sharks signed alternative targets in frustration at their failure to agree terms with the Scotland lock.

The 29-year-old, who won his 71st cap against New Zealand at Murrayfield, confirmed last week that he has held talks with the Sharks franchise, where Gregor Townsend spent a season, and had been offered a spot in the Natal side for the Super 14 starting in January.

Out of contract at the end of this season Murray, who is believed to have been offered a lucrative two-year deal to move to South Africa, would have linked up with former Springbok coach Rudi Straueli who is now director of rugby with the Sharks.

However, Straueli and Sharks coach Dick Muir, who watched Scotland defeat Samoa at Murrayfield, have cooled their interest after they failed to wrap up speedy deals for Murray and Leicester's Ian Nimmo.

And Muir confirmed last night that the Sharks are not looking for second row forwards after the double signing of Samoan Daniel Farani and Springbok Johan Ackerman.

Speaking exclusively to Mirror Sport, Muir said: Johan Ackerman will be with us just for the Super 14 and Daniel Farani is a fantastic acquisition who is a specialist lock but can also play in the back-row.

Scott is a player I admire and would do very well for the Sharks and enjoy the different challenge of the Super 14. He's really impressed in the autumn and we would have liked to bring him on board.

But there have been a couple of stumbling blocks to the deal and there is a very limited timescale for us to conclude any agreement with pre- season training underway.

Like last season when Gregor Townsend was with us, I'm convinced Scott would have thrived on the firmer playing surfaces. But the signings of Johan and Daniel has filled our immediate shortage in that department.

Natal bosses had made Murray their second overseas target following the capture of former All Black fly- half Tony Brown last month.

The lock, who has won Scotland's international player of the year award three times, admitted to having been approached.

Murray said: There have been some discussions with Natal but I don't want to make any further comment at this stage.

Gunners boss Todd Blackadder yesterday revealed he had pleaded with the SRU to put everything into the fight to retain one of their most influential players at the peak of his powers.
Murray's importance to Edinburgh is illustrated by the fact he is the only one of their Scotland players who started every game in the autumn who is also in the squad for Sunday's derby with Glasgow.

Blackadder said. I gave the Scotland run-on players the week off to rest and recharge their batteries but we could not keep him away. No matter how hard I tried to convince him to have some time off, we could not do it. That just shows you his commitment.
Comments:
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LOL.
 
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donner????????
 
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PissAnt can I be so bold and ask if we could invite Boertjie to the board.
 
Yes julle manne met die kanne!

PA, sigarette help nie eens meer nie! :)
 
PA

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Naand vreemdeling.

PissAnt,

Something is wrong with teh template. My main page is not updating.
 
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Naand Donner  
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I'm singing in the rain,
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I'm happy again,.....
 
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hehe,

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donner,

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donner,

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Morning

Boertjie sounds like a plan.

Rasputin

wpw gave me the Clive whingeward story yesterday, but I see you beat me to it.
 
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