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Rassie has his eye on Bobo

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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus almost acquired the services of Sharks utility back and Springbok centre Gcobani Bobo in his Super 14 recruitment drive, but negotiations fell through.

However Erasmus said he was still hoping to sign the talented Bobo, who had a number of great games for the Sharks on the wing during this year’s Currie Cup.

“I did chat to Gcobani about moving to Cape Town earlier this year,” he said.

“He said that he was interested in making the move, but unfortunately the negotiations fell through. I’m still hoping that we can get him to make the move sometime in the future though.”

Erasmus’ recruitment will see the likes of Springbok scrum-half Ricky Januarie, wing Wylie Human and former Blue Bulls lock Adriaan Fondse join the Cape Town-based side for the Super 14 – along with former Lions prop Brian Mujati.

Erasmus also reacted to speculation that lock Andries Bekker could be joining the Sharks in 2008 saying that he was contracted with Western Province until 2009.

“I haven’t heard about any move to the Sharks,” Erasmus confirmed. “Anyway he [Bekker] is contracted to us until the end of 2009.”

“We are going to be trying very hard to keep him here actually,” he added.

“He’s definitely a future Springbok and has a great career ahead of him. At the moment we’re working to help him get over his ankle injury.”

The Stormers coach also said that he had opted to release wing Egon Seconds because the province had “enough quality wingers” in the set-up, adding that he would have loved to have been able to offer him a contract but it had not been possible.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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