Sale dismiss Bok scrumhalf rumours

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:05

REACTION: English Premiership outfit Sale Sharks have dismissed persistent rumours that linked discarded Springbok scrumhalf Francois de Klerk to the club.

Sale's Director of Rugby Steve Diamond also dismissed reports linking the club with disgraced Wallaby James O'Connor.

O'Connor is contracted to Toulon in France, where has been caught up in a cocaine saga.

De Klerk featured for the Lions in their Super Rugby win over the Stormers at the weekend.

"I have not spoken to either player and don't know where the speculation has come from," Diamond said.

"We have announced several new signings recently and we are in negotiations with several more players.

"Once they sign a Sharks contract we will make announcements."

South African media reports recently suggested Sale was busy talking to De Klerk.

It was rumoured that the scrumhalf has been offered a three-year contract, worth ZAR21-million.

De Klerk's omission from the most recent Bok training camp in Stellenbosch has been listed as one of the key reasons why he would move abroad.

However, De Klerk is contracted to the Lions until the end of the 2018 season and Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli said he will honour the contract.

Straeuli took a swipe at agents who negotiated on behalf of players outside of the 'transfer window'.

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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
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Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28