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Vermaak off to France?

23rd May 2013 09:00


Jano Vermaak

Jano Vermaak: Leaving Pretoria?

According to reports, Bulls scrum-half Jano Vermaak could be the latest player from the franchise to head overseas.

The Bulls waved goodbye to a number of senior players at the end of the 2011 season, with Fourie du Preez, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Gurthro Steenkamp and Gary Botha all moving abroad and it appears they face a similar fate at the end of the current campaign.

Morne Steyn, Juandre Kruger, Zane Kirchner and Jacques Potgieter have all confirmed that they will be swapping Pretoria for overseas destinations, with the futures of Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dewald Potgieter, Francois Venter and Willie Wepener also in doubt.

Vermaak is the latest name to be added to the list of those potentially heading for greener pastures, with the number nine linked with a move to Top 14 outfit Toulouse.

"I can confirm we have an offer in writing, but Jano will not make a decision until he has had a chat to Heyneke about his future. He is very passionate about playing for the Springboks and will not make any decision right now. All he wants at the moment is to concentrate on his 100th game and to do his best for the Bulls this weekend," his agent James Adams told

Bulls CEO Barend van Graan admits that the exodus of players is a concern but that the union are constricted by financial limitations.

"In the first place, our core business is to develop human capital to play rugby in professional competitions in platforms that SARU have delivered to us. As we have said previously, we have challenges from Japan, France and the United Kingdom. There is also a trend that players are leaving South Africa earlier," he said.

"It is a concern, but it is also important to us that we have a sustainable stable business. We have a budget. We can only give out as much money as we have in the budget. We are comfortable in discussions with the coach that we will keep the majority of our players."

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