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Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Published at 19:43 GMT 20:43 UK

Sale blast 'Judas' De Beer

Jannie De Beer: "God has told him that it's in his best interests"

English Premiership club Sale have said they are "disgusted" by the refusal of South Africa's star Jannie de Beer to honour his contract and play for them next season.

The club announced they have released him and that he will have to repay the money they advanced to him when he signed for the side over the summer.

Director of Rugby Adrian Hadley said: " We're obviously disgusted with his attitude and his actions.

Drop goal world record

"The players have nicknamed him Judas de Beer. His attitude has totally changed since we signed him from London Scottish in the summer.

"The reason he's given for his decision is that God has told him that it's in his best interests to stay in South Africa"

The player will now return to his home country at the end of the World Cup and is set to sign for the Blue Bulls.

De Beer shot to prominence last weekend when he dropped a world record five goals for the Springboks to defeat England in their quarter-final in Paris 44-21.

He arrived for the World Cup as the understudy to first-choice stand-off Henry Honiball, who has yet to play in the competition due to injury.

Following his astonishing 34-point performance against England, De Beer said he believed his 100% kicking record was influenced by God.

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