South Africans in Europe

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by ThemApples, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. ThemApples

    ThemApples Guest

    Hey guys,

    I never get the opportunity to watch any northern hemisphere rugby which is really a shame because you have some awesome competitions. What I wanna know is, which South African players have made a big impact for their clubs up north? Any players that deserve a special mention?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. DonBilly

    DonBilly Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ThemApples @ Sep 25 2009, 08:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    A non exhaustive list for French clubs:

    Van Niekerk for Toulon, Brian Liebenberg and Noel Oelchig for Stade Français, Sowerby for Toulouse, Cronje for Biarritz, Vosloo for Brive, Lund for Bayonne, Russel for Clermont. We'll see how Stein performs with Racing.
     
  4. munross

    munross Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DonBilly @ Sep 25 2009, 06:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    A non exhaustive list for French clubs:

    Van Niekerk for Toulon, Brian Liebenberg and Noel Oelchig for Stade Français, Sowerby for Toulouse, Cronje for Biarritz, Vosloo for Brive, Lund for Bayonne, Russel for Clermont. We'll see how Stein performs with Racing.
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    Isn't Cronje playing for Racing Metro now?
     
  5. De Villiers (The good one :D ) is with Munster fresh off his Tri-Nations Triumph
     
  6. Juan VdS

    Juan VdS Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Intercept King JdV @ Sep 25 2009, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Yes he is. Racing Métro has invested a lot of cash in a wide variety of players: Benjamin Noirot (Biarritz), Jacques Cronje (Biarritz), Fabien Fortassin (Montauban), Fabrice Culine (Agen), Juan-Pablo Orlandi (Rovigo), Lionel Nallet (Castres), Sébastien Chabal (Sale), Clément Baïocco (Montpellier), Rémi Vaquin (La Rochelle), Frans Steyn (Sharks), Epeli Taione (Harlequins), and Julien Saubade (Stade Français).

    Sireli Bobo + Frans + Mehrtens = havoc in the opposite back 3. :eek:
     
  7. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    In Ireland:

    Jean de Villiers - Munster

    CJ van der Linde - Leinster

    BJ Botha - Ulster
    Robbie Diack - Ulster


    Of these guys I'd say Botha has had the biggest impact to date, really improved the Ulster scrum, where as CJ has been a sicknote, JdV has just arrived and Diack has played pretty well, but nothing groundbreaking.
     
  8. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Ernst Joubert, Schalk Britts, Neil de Kock and Wikus van de silly surname have made a great start for Saracens!
     
  9. For Bath: Claassens has been absolutely superb. One of the best scrum-halfs in the premiership and this year made club captain. Butch James too has been hugely important and with someone like Barkley to kick his goals for him he should flourish further. Pieter Dixon does a good job when Mears isn't available and Luke Watson when he arrives should be awesome.
     
  10. Stillknox

    Stillknox Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DonBilly @ Sep 25 2009, 06:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    A non exhaustive list for French clubs:

    Van Niekerk for Toulon, Brian Liebenberg and Noel Oelchig for Stade Français, Sowerby for Toulouse, Cronje for Biarritz, Vosloo for Brive, Lund for Bayonne, Russel for Clermont. We'll see how Stein performs with Racing.
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    Lund is an englishman, he was capped a few years ago. And he's playing for Biarritz.

    You named the best one, but I think you can add Gavin Hume, Philip Burger, Gerrie Britz for Perpignan, Marius Joubert for Clermont, Sam Gerber and Rob Linde for Bayonne, Ross Skeate for Toulon and Antonie Claassen for Brive. I don't think he's known in South Africa but Claassen is an excellent player. Lievremont is even considering him for the french jersey...
     
  11. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Saints had an all SA front row for portion of their game yesterday against Wasps... Mujati, Sharman and Dreyer.

    They were crap.
     
  12. bristol-iain

    bristol-iain Guest

    Matthew Turner- Done well for us, showing some real talent on the wing. Will improve his game further and be a big part of Bristol's future. He has been selected for the England sevens squad which proabably rules him out as being a South African. He ws born in Cape Town.
     
  13. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    DeVilliers wasnt particularly impressive last Saturday. O'Driscoll skinned him on the outside for a try, and Horgan took a pass right out of his hands at the end. Early days for him of course.

    VanDeLinde's toe seems to be on the mend and we should see him on the bench this Friday against London Irish.
     
  14. Charles

    Charles Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Stillknox @ Oct 5 2009, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    A non exhaustive list for French clubs:

    Van Niekerk for Toulon, Brian Liebenberg and Noel Oelchig for Stade Français, Sowerby for Toulouse, Cronje for Biarritz, Vosloo for Brive, Lund for Bayonne, Russel for Clermont. We'll see how Stein performs with Racing.
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    Lund is an englishman, he was capped a few years ago. And he's playing for Biarritz.

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    Lund is Norwegian. Played for England though.

    Edit: ok he was born and bred in England, but still ^_^
     
  15. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Keo.co.za has a weekly/fort-nightly article about Saffa's playing abroad. Here's the latest:

    http://www.keo.co.za/2009/10/04/saffas-abroad-6/

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