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Franco Van der Merwe
30 July, 2017 19:12
Hearing (/ seeing) on Twitter that he's on his way to us. Lock forward, 34 years old out of contract with Ulster. Thoughts?

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
jimbo800 (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 19:35
BBC have a report from Jan saying he's signed for the blues

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
cardiff_steve (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 21:04
Quote:
jimbo800
BBC have a report from Jan saying he's signed for the blues

Deal's been torn up because we need to save money. He's signing for you.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
norg2072 (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 21:47
I've heard a different reason, but the end result is the same (Sm50)

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
cardiff_steve (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 22:04
Quote:
norg2072
I've heard a different reason, but the end result is the same (Sm50)

The version I know is that before turning up for preseason, Cardiff let him know they'd be willing to let him go if he found another club. I'll be surprised if he's the only player that turns up elsewhere.

They'll probably give other reasons but it's an open secret that they're skint and need to slash the budget.

But yes whatever the reasons it amounts to the same thing.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 22:16
Not exactly Lood De Jager, but will take it. Experienced bloke and decent lineout operator.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
SirBurger (IP Logged)
30 July, 2017 22:46
Not de Jäger but for this stage of recruitment, I doubt we could have done much better.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 05:53
If true that's a good signing - plenty of experience and some useful grunt

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Jamiepep1 (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 08:59
Not exactly setting the world on fire BUT NK knows what he's doing with second row especially so must see him as a very useful cog in the systems we are building.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
ardoyneirish (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 09:09
As an Irish and an Ulster fan if Franco does join I will be over the moon..

Great in the lineout, aggressive in the loose and a great team leader, if we get 2 seasons out of him alongside Seb then we will come on leaps and bounds.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Hugo.LI (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 11:05
Ulster fans speak very highly of him and I think he can be a very good signing for us.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Caimh (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 13:45
He did brilliantly for Ulster and I'm sure he'd still be there save for the Irish rules on renewing non-Irish players. I think he'd be a much better signing than Harrison would've been.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Blarney (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 14:02
Theres a pretty decent highlights package on YouTube (search his name). Impressive stats from 2016:

Most lineout takes in pro12 (86)
5th most tackles in pro12 (192)
Most tackles for Ulster (192)

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Bazzo (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 15:09
Quote:
Caimh
He did brilliantly for Ulster and I'm sure he'd still be there save for the Irish rules on renewing non-Irish players. I think he'd be a much better signing than Harrison would've been.

Or even Hamilton

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 16:35
[www.walesonline.co.uk]

We need RFU permission?

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
CooperMan (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 19:18
Quote:
HMRH
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/cardiff-blues-set-release-springbok-13411254
We need RFU permission?

Perché?



Coops
WTF

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
31 July, 2017 19:44
Franco van der Merwe: Cardiff Blues lock to move on before playing game
[www.bbc.co.uk]

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 20:20
Registration I guess?

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
waltham (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 21:30
Quote:
HMRH
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/cardiff-blues-set-release-springbok-13411254
We need RFU permission?

Why would that be??

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
31 July, 2017 21:47
Cos the article says so!

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
waltham (IP Logged)
01 August, 2017 07:40
Quote:
HMRH
Cos the article says so!

That clears things up nicely (Sm134)

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
01 August, 2017 07:47
Exactly 😬

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
01 August, 2017 07:49
I'm guessing he is a WRU registered player so needs to be released before he can be registered with RFU? Or maybe even an IRFU player - what a mess Cardiff seem to be in

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
03 August, 2017 06:01
So is this on or off? Any thoughts?

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
norg2072 (IP Logged)
03 August, 2017 12:31
I've heard The Doc has spoken to him and that he wants to sign for us, so hopefully as HMRH suggests its just a re-registration formality!

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Surrey Winger (IP Logged)
13 August, 2017 18:11
Any news on Franco at the weekend? If he was not there, even low profile, does anyone know where he is training to keep ready for the new season?

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
Neale Harvey (IP Logged)
13 August, 2017 18:28
Asked Nick Kennedy after the game and they're still trying to sort out the paperwork. Frustrating but that's the situation. Could be other irons in the fire if they can't get van der Merwe over the line.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
SirBurger (IP Logged)
13 August, 2017 19:34
Thanks Neale - pleased to hear that there are other irons in the fire if it doesn't work out.

 
Re: Franco Van der Merwe
HMRH (IP Logged)
15 August, 2017 20:11
See Frankie Boy post


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