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Saturday, February 04, 2006


Currie Cup: Cheetahs fight back

The Free State has long been a nursery of South African rugby. For decades many of it's finest young stars have been lured to larger wealthier regions and currently at one club in the UK alone there are 5 or 6 Shimlas players.

Well, they've had enough and plan to fight back.

Die Volksblad's Hendrik Cronje reports;

Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs are formulating a plan to stop the continuing exodus of promising rugby players from the Free State region.

The province will make it difficult in future for other provinces to lure away talented players like Frans Steyn (flyhalf, Sharks), Adriaan Strauss (hooker, Blue Bulls), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker, Sharks), Ruan Pienaar (scrumhalf, Sharks), Roland Bernard (flank, Lions) and Sewes Oosthuizen (prop, Sharks).

The man who has to try and shut the gates is Pine Pienaar, former first team coach of Grey College.

Pienaar will draw up a data base of young talented players and identify a group which will in future be given the opportunity to practise with Rassie Erasmus' Cheetah team.

"We'll try out utmost to keep our talent here," Pienaar said.

Does that mean they will give Kabamba Floors, Bevan Fortuin, Meyer Bosman, etc. back to us!
Fuck, I'm bored....  

Another week and the Battles are on!

That's if the SA Franchises sign the agreement.


Did you get my reply on your post Thursday?
Just on the posts or did you mail me?  
I think (as a cheetah supporter) its abit rich of the union to keep hammering on about losing players. Yes we do lose more players than most but if we learnt a long time ago to 'trade' in players we would never have had a situation where we are not competative as a direct result of players leaving.

Our only ever good 'sell' was Rassie to the Lions and looking back i think Rassie organized the whole thing. Freestate is good at developing talent and this alone should have made us a very wealthy region. However our marketing and general administration is amateur at best and for this reason we now still moan about players leaving? Let them leave, but for a great fee. Also, as with Bismarck now, most players who grew up in the Freestate will eventually return so why not ket them go and make a bit of dosh out of it?
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