Massive Boost for Stormers and SA with Pieter-Steph staying put

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May 14, 2020, 16:10

The following from News24:-


Springbok star Pieter-Steph du Toit is understood to have committed his rugby-playing future to South Africa and the Stormers.

The 27-year-old has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks. 

There has been sudden interest from overseas clubs in South African players and it stems from a 21-day window that was agreed upon by the SA Rugby Industry, MyPlayers and the South African Rugby Employers' Organisation (Sareo) last month in which all professional players were given three weeks - until 14 May (midnight tonight) - to get out of their current contracts with their respective unions and sign on the dotted line with those big-spending UK, France and Japanese clubs in particular.

The window falls in line with SA Rugby's efforts to cut costs as the economic impact of the global coronavirus crisis worsens.  

Du Toit, the 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year, was understandably the subject of much interest and there was a point where Stormers management were concerned that they might lose one of their most prized possessions. 

The news out of Newlands on Thursday, however, was that Du Toit has agreed to remain in the Cape having turned down all other interest. 


The more I see if Du Toit as a player and person, the more I admire him.   He is the epitome as to what a rugby player and person should be to be regarded as a class act,   


May 14, 2020, 17:55

thats brilliant news.

See John Smit put him in his RWC winners dream team?

Oh but wait.... what does John Smit know. Hey Mozart.

May 14, 2020, 23:01





May 15, 2020, 00:02

Turned down an offer which could have made him the highest paid rugby player

in the world ....must love home.

May 15, 2020, 00:08

Moonrover 

This guy is special - he spent the lockdown period with his wife and little girl, his parents and with his three brothers on the family farm recovering from his leg injury,   That is where he is really happy.   He loves his family and the family farm as much as he loves rugby and he really is happy when he can have a combination of both at the same time.   The only place where he can is when playing for the Stormers. 

According to the media the family is very wealthy and Pieter-Steph du Toit on his own is worth circa $5 million already - so I do not think money is really that important to him.  He still make oodles in  dollars especially for promoting products,  .He can get that whether he plays in Europe or in SA,  Being the World Rugby Player of the Year increased his value massively in that regard and I would not be surprised if the next three or four years he increased that asset value by three times or more.  .                

May 15, 2020, 12:14

Yes providing he doesn't need the money he has made a happy choice. But rugby players in that position are few and far between so they have no choice but to leave. 

May 15, 2020, 12:29

Beeno

You are correct about most plyers - but some have private reasons not to go.   I think for instance Frans Malherbe.  He is very worried about the health of his father who is about 76 years old.  He is also a guy very close to his family and is not about to leave SA for that reason, even though he is not in a similar financial position as is Pieter-Steph.     .   

May 15, 2020, 13:16

So the world's best rugby player turns down the opportunity to become the world's highest paid rugby player and rather honours his commitment to his province and his country.

What a legend this guy is . . . well on his way to becoming the all time greatest!

May 15, 2020, 14:57

Rumour has it he had a change of heart and has now signed the deal

May 15, 2020, 17:13

Dave

The period for releasing players from their contracts were over yesterday and most franchises have announced their released player names already,   The news would have been out if P-S  did sign up with another club or franchise,   

May 15, 2020, 18:34

They say he signed last minute

Time will tell

May 15, 2020, 18:47

With whom?

May 15, 2020, 18:57

Can't blame him if he did change his mind.

May 15, 2020, 19:13

I’m guessing Montpellier

May 15, 2020, 20:10

I will phone WP Rugby tomorrow and fond out.   Montpellier denied that they made P-S  any offer.

May 15, 2020, 20:41

Meyer Bosman's mom should also have the scoop.

May 16, 2020, 10:00

According to news reports, he had cancelled his contract with WP on Thursday evening. His agent says the following though:

"Pieter-Steph is staying at Western Province; there is just some paperwork to finalise and there may be one or two sticking points there," Swart said.

So it would seem like they are negotiating a new contract with WP, but who knows.

May 16, 2020, 10:05

This is the latest news about P-S:-

"Up until Thursday night, Western Province were confident that 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit would stay at the union. 

Now, that seems far from certain. 

Rumours start circling late on Thursday night that Du Toit was considering exercising the option to exit his current contract with the union in line with the 21-day window that ended at midnight that night. 

On Friday, as franchises around the country confirmed who they had lost, the Stormers were mum and could not confirm that Du Toit was still a Stormer. 

"We will make an announcement as soon as we are able. We're not going to confirm, deny or comment on anything until then," was the word from media liaison Mike de Vries. 

It was initially reported that Du Toit had received a mega offer from French club Montpellier, but the club has since distanced itself from that offer by saying that it has had no contact with Du Toit. 

Then, on Friday night, Netwerk24 reported that Du Toit had in fact handed in a request to leave the franchise on Thursday night - hours before the end of the contract window deadline.

Sport24 has since had that development confirmed, and it is understood that despite triggering his exit clause, Du Toit remains keen on staying at Newlands. 

His current contract with the union, because he exercised his option to exit, no longer stands, but if he can have a few items amended in the form of a new contract, then he is willing to stay.  

Also on Friday, speaking to the Daily Maverick, Du Toit's agent Gerrie Swart denied that his client was moving. 

"Pieter-Steph is staying at Western Province; there is just some paperwork to finalise and there may be one or two sticking points there," Swart said. 

The sudden interest from overseas clubs in South African players stemmed from a 21-day window that was agreed upon by the SA Rugby Industry, MyPlayers and the South African Rugby Employers' Organisation (Sareo) last month in which all professional players were given three weeks - until 14 May - to get out of their current contracts with their respective unions and sign on the dotted line with those big-spending UK, France and Japanese clubs in particular.

Du Toit is understood to have had clubs from Japan and France express interest. 

The Stormers are expected to make an official announcement later on Saturday."

There must be some horse-trading going on - hence the delay in announcement,   


May 16, 2020, 17:58

Now  finally we know the real story -  P-S has taken the option to opt out of his contract with WP,  but has not  signed anything with anybody - he really wants to stay put, but is unhappy with some elements in his present contract - so he asked for renegotiation of his contract with the union,

Technically he is free to sign with any of the clubs who wants his services - especially from France and Japan -  and only if agreement on his contract cannot be reached will he leave, Negotiations on the issue is continuing and it is likely that Erasmus is part of that one, since it effects the Springboks as well, so we will have to wait and see what happens. .        

May 17, 2020, 06:24

Uh-oh the old Peeper early mouth act nobbles Dud Toit. LMAOFY!

May 17, 2020, 12:03

Mozart - stop being  rugby illiterate please. 

May 17, 2020, 13:27

“ Posted by: Rooinek (10236 posts)

May 15, 2020, 13:16

So the world's best rugby player turns down the opportunity to become the world's highest paid rugby player and rather honours his commitment to his province and his country.

What a legend this guy is . . . well on his way to becoming the all time greatest! “


May 17, 2020, 13:30

Peeper is like a Jonah:D

Stormers just keep losing players every season. Let's see if Jake and Rupert can stop this happening at the Bulls. 

I am hoping the Bulls template can solve our player crises.


May 18, 2020, 17:34

Watch this - my guess is Du Toit may end up in Pretoria as captain of the Bulls if Rupert and co have anything to do with it,      

May 18, 2020, 23:04

Good idea. Perhaps Victor could help him with his lineout work.

May 19, 2020, 02:54

It some ways Steph Dutoit is shafting everyone. All of SARU and the players in SA have had pay reductions because of Coronavirus. However DuToit tears up his contract, so he can negotiate one without the Corona deduction. 

He is SA's best player, but SuperRugby has others that are good. 

May 19, 2020, 05:48

Maybe Victor can tell him how useless he himself  was at center,

 

May 19, 2020, 05:53

SB

I also do not like what is happening here.   I suspect that it centers around the issue of product sponsorships for which players are supposed to get paid and not SARU,   It caused problems in the past too with other players,          

May 19, 2020, 08:02

Has there been any clarity on this? The transfer window has long since closed....it can't drag on forever. 

May 19, 2020, 08:12

There is none as yet, 

May 21, 2020, 12:43

The following report from News24:-

"Pieter-Steph du Toit, after one of the most highly-publicised transfer stories in South African rugby history, will stay at the Stormers

The franchise confirmed the news on their official website on Thursday. 

The 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year last week exercised his option to exit his existing contract with Western Province while there were other lucrative offers from France and Japan, but it was understood at the time that his intention was to enter into a new agreement with the union. 

Negotiations between the parties have been ongoing since then and Du Toit's future was not certain until the announcement on Thursday. 

According to a statement from the Stormers, Du Toit has now withdrawn his contract termination notification. 

He will now stay with the Stormers until at least the end of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa. 

Board member Andre van der Veen said that while there was a lot of hard work put in to reach this conclusion, it was satisfying to announce a resolution which suits all parties involved.

"Pieter-Steph wanted to stay at Western Province Rugby, he is a true team man, who is integral to our plans at Western Province Rugby. We committed to find an equitable solution for him and the entire team and we are pleased to be able to officially confirm it," he said.

Stormers coach John Dobson said that keeping experienced world class players like Du Toit and the other seven World Cup winners in the squad, is a crucial element in the vision of rewarding the rugby community in the Cape with a team they can be proud of.

"Pieter-Steph is an important team member, his extraordinary work-rate coupled with his ball carrying skills, makes our forward pack even more formidable," he said. 

"The rehabilitation on his injury is progressing well and we are looking forward to seeing him in a Stormers jersey again when we get back on the field.  

"Not only is this good for the Stormers and Western Province Rugby, but it is also good for South African rugby that we have kept such prominent players in the country, looking ahead at the post-pandemic rugby offering and market.

"We are proud as a union of our achievement of contracting eight Rugby World Cup winning Springboks in the province and keeping them in the country."

So P-S is staying with the Stormers - great news for the Stormers about one of the Greatest players ever playing for SA,   

 


May 21, 2020, 15:42

‘His ball carrying skills’......hahaha. WC playoffs.....minus 70 metres vs a Plain vanilla ball carrier. This guy has no pass and gets knocked over by the first tackler almost every time. No step, no acceleration, no handoff.  He is a totally flaccid ball carrier.


Fake news continues to bamboozle the public.

May 21, 2020, 16:48

Foeitog - the uninformed we will always have with us, LOL     

May 22, 2020, 00:21

Ball carrying: ranked 28th of all top 30 SA ball carriers in super rugby, ranked 17th best flank in super rugby, averages .4 more metres for the Boks. Sure, great ball carrying. No, all evidence to the contrary. And I do mean all. 

May 22, 2020, 04:52

AO

Distortion would not help you and Mozart - especially since you both are rugby idiots as well,   When you say a player is poor believe the exact opposite - it also applies to when you say players are good the exact opposite is true, 

May 22, 2020, 11:53

A distortion? Are the stats wrong? If so, where. In fact, I wouldn't go ao far as to use the word "distortion", but the stats can be misleading. Video analysis makes for even worse reading when we get down to it. If only you could :D

May 22, 2020, 14:32

Yes the stats are real - but stats are for use other than the blank in your brain knows.    Experts made Du Toit the World Player of the Year - idiots using prejudice and  zero rugby intelligence say otherwise,  .   

May 22, 2020, 19:42

Pieter Minus 70 Dud Toit....a great ball carrier. Waaaaahahaha!

May 22, 2020, 19:45

To date, there isn't one item to hang one's hat on to defend the position that Steph is world class. Zero. Not at any level of the game. Very low production, too many flaws. Irrefutable. 

May 22, 2020, 19:50

When somebody listens to fools like you it is still a huge joke and funny  how really stupid you are,   And it also applies to Mozart.  LMAO   

May 24, 2020, 14:40

PSDT staying makes no impression on Bok rugby at all as he would still be eligible for selection regardless of where he was playing

 
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