Safety and security concerns scupper a money-spinning Kolbe deal

Superstar Springboks Cheslin Kolbe has reportedly said no to the opportunity of re-joining the Stormers. According to Netwerk24, the Toulon-based player was presented with a five-year contract with the value of ZAR55million (€ 3.2m), which also included employment for his wife. However, the lucrative offer was turned down.

It was also reported that the offer included a condition to allow Kolbe and his family to stay in France until January 2023. This would allow them to qualify for French citizenship.

According to another well-known South African rugby publication, SA Rugby Magazine, Kolbe had agreed to the Stormers offer in principle before he changed his mind. That report mentioned that Kolbe had safety and security concerns.

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The report read: “SARugbymag.co.za has been reliably informed that the Toulon star agreed to the offer in principle before he shocked the decision-makers at WP Rugby with a sudden change of heart. It is understood that Kolbe, represented by Roc Nation, turned down the blockbuster deal on the basis of ‘safety and security’ concerns.

“He famously dodged the perils of being exposed to gangsterism as a youth but if he now believed Cape Town posed a security risk, it raises questions over why his family continues to reside in Kraaifontein and why he would be identified as an ambassador for Investec SA . “

Despite turning down a return to Cape Town, it is believed that Kolbe does have plans to return to South Africa after the 2023 World Cup, but it will be in the colors of the Sharks. Kolbe is represented by Roc Nation, who entered into a partnership with the Sharks last year.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old is currently on the sidelines as he is recovering from a fractured jaw which he suffered in the third Test against Wales in Cape Town in July. He played no part in the Springboks’ two Rugby Championship matches against the All Blacks in South Africa and he wasn’t included in the tour squad to Australia.

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