Free State player Bosman to join Sharks next season

2010-08-05 00:00

FREE State officials yesterday confirmed that Meyer Bosman, their tall, 25-year-old Springbok centre, will be moving to Durban at the end of the season to join the Sharks.

Bosman, a powerful runner and excellent distributor, can also play flyhalf and he will definately add quality to a Sharks backline which lacked an attacking edge in the Super 14 this year.

Bosman’s agent Stephan Weyers said yesterday that the player will be moving to Durban after the Currie Cup season.

The 97-kg, 1,92-metre Bosman will join his former Free State Cheetahs team-mate, flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter, in Durban.

Potgieter, currently playing for the Blue Bulls, was signed by the Sharks last month.

Bosman made his Springbok debut as a 20-year-old flyhalf against Wales in 2005 shortly after he scored the winning try in the Currie Cup final against the Blue Bulls.

He has failed to nail down a permanent place in the Bok team, playing in only three Tests, but he did tour Europe with the Springboks late last year.

He has played six years of Currie Cup rugby for Free State and made his Super 14 debut in 2006, winning 60 caps.

Naka Drotské, the Cheetahs coach, said that Bosman’s move to the Sharks would be a massive blow for the Free State.

“But Meyer has been open with us all through the negotiations with the Sharks and we wish him well.

“We will now start to look for a replacement. We had been concentrating on trying to keep him in the province.”

The Sharks have also signed Free State wing Lionel Mapoe, but the Cheetahs claim that they still have him under contract and are refusing to sign his clearance papers.

Mapoe has claimed that the Cheetahs were in breach of contract and an arbitration hearing is being held in Bloemfontein today to decide his future.

Drotské said yesterday that he was delighted that twins Robert and Sias Ebersohn and prop Coenie Oosthuizen had signed for another year with the Cheetahs.

He added that Bok sevens player Robert Ebersohn had turned down a lucrative offer from the Sharks to stay on in Bloemfontein.

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