It’s a happy 23rd birthday today to two of the loose forwards who starred in the Sharks 29-15 triumph at Loftus on Saturday.
In an absolutely bizarre coincidence, both Keegan Daniel and Jean Deysel were born on exactly the same day, 5 March 1985. Daniel drew his first breath in East London, whilst Deysel hails from the somewhat drier Virgina, in the Northern Free State. With AJ Venter ruled out of Saturday’s clash with the Blues, don’t be too surprised to see this unlikely set of “twins” playing at 6 and 7 respectively.
Also celebrating today is Wildebeest centre Andries Strauss, born a year earlier, but also on 5 March. Strauss, who is the brother of Free State hooker Richardt (and the cousin of other Free State hooker Adriaan!) has had mixed fortune since swapping the orange for the black and white, but will hope that another year of experience will aid in his quest to reclaim the Sharks number 12 jersey.
Youngster Pat Cilliers turned 21 on Monday, while Ruan Pienaar will be 24 on Monday 10 March. The “old man” in the group is prop Robbie Harris, who will reach the princely age of 26 on the 3oth.
Happy birthday, guys and best of luck for the season.Tweet