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Welcome home, John William!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 1 Jul 2008 at 14:01

After protracted and lengthy negotiations, The Sharks are pleased to announce that John Smit has signed a contract for 2008 and 2009. The parties involved in these negotiations included Bismarck du Plessis and John Plumtree, both of whom have the greatest respect for John Smit and it was necessary for open and frank discussion.

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Sharks (Pty) Ltd CEO Brian van Zyl explained that, “It is therefore pleasing to be able to finalise this matter and we believe that is certainly good news for all rugby supporters in Kwa-Zulu Natal and South Africa.”

John Plumtree admitted that this was great news for the Sharks. “What can I say? He’s a fantastic player, an outstanding leader, he’s consistently been proven at top level and also amongst us, he’s a mate which is the most important thing. Getting him back is great for the region and province.”

Obviously the return of the former Sharks and currently Springbok hooker back to Durban has implications for Bismarck du Plessis who spent a few years under the wing of John and this year emerged to show that he is one of the best hookers around.

“We’ve worked through a process with Bismarck which has been ongoing for the past five to six weeks, I’ve basically promised him game time, he’ll get plenty. For his continued development, he’s potentially one of best hookers in world, and will be a great Bok, so it is important for him to continue to play for the Sharks.

“There will be a fair amount of rotation, both understand that and it will be good for both of them.”

Plumtree also admitted that there is no problem with the Springbok coaches that the Sharks have the top two hookers at the Sharks (again). “As long as both get their fair share of game time with the Sharks, it doesn’t affect their chances of game time with the Boks.

“It’s good for the squad, the team and us to have a guy like him here,” he added. “Having both he and Bissy here makes us really strong upfront. John is probably the best captain in the rugby world and Bismarck has some outstanding leadership qualities which will continue to grow playing alongside John.”

What this does mean for Craig Burden is the opportunity, like Bismarck for a few years, to learn at the foot of a player of the stature of the Springbok Captain. “Craig’s development at hooker is ongoing,” explained Plumtree. “Throwing him into a situation to play top class rugby moving from wing to hooker is not easy and he will need protracted periods of play, he needs a campaign to get his teeth in. In saying that, we need three hookers.”

John Smit will be available to the Sharks at the conclusion of the Vodacom Tri Nations, along with the rest of the Springboks, giving their Absa Currie Cup campaign a boost from the end of August.

Sharks Commercial Manager Rudolf Straeuli explained that the whole process involved a new coach, managing of players and rotation and the future of young players. “All those things came to mind, thus we had open discussions that included John Plumtree, John Smit, and Bismarck du Plessis, It’s about depth in the squad, but also his leadership qualities rubbing off on others, like Johann Muller. He didn’t want to go anywhere else, he’s happiest in Durban.”

Straeuli also confirmed that in Butch James’ case, “If he does want to come back, we’ll gladly assist in that process. But he has a contract with Bath Rugby and he needs to look into that. He doesn’t have an out clause, so if he did leave, they’d probably ask for a transfer fee.”



29 Comments

  • YES YES YES!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.08 14:04:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • If he does want to come back, we’ll gladly assist in that process. But he has a contract with Bath Rugby and he needs to look into that. He doesn’t have an out clause, so if he did leave, they’d probably ask for a transfer fee

    Ok guys… so what do you think the next sentence is…?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.08 14:05:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • ..of 2mil €!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.08 14:14:18 by Ollie Reply

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  • well – I was wondering if Oom Rudi started to reach for his KZNRU chequebook at that point…

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.08 14:18:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Do you think Adolph was reading this thread?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.07.08 14:20:54 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • My Captain my Captain.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.07.08 14:21:08 by Ragged Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 5) : :oops: I mean the previous blog!

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.08 14:21:44 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 5) : Rudi cannot do two things at once!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.07.08 14:21:56 by Ragged Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : you want to start a collection?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.07.08 14:23:01 by Ragged Reply

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  • you guys are going to get me a nasty email from Oom Rudi at this rate ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.07.08 14:23:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : tell him to cc Brian.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.07.08 14:26:51 by Ragged Reply

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  • @Ragged (Comment 11) : I think his email client auto-cc’s Brian ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.07.08 14:28:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • YES!!!!! Now for Butch!! :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.08 14:28:31 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 13) : and then Teichmann

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.07.08 14:32:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : and after that who? Juba, Lem and Craig Jameson oand while we are thre bring back Mac!!!! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.07.08 14:36:19 by Ragged Reply

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  • Shouldn’t it be “the incomparable Mike Marnewick writes for Sharksworld”

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.07.08 14:38:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : @Ragged (Comment 15) :

    Ice makes a serious remark and you two take it to ridiculous extremes…. really ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.07.08 14:39:40 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : nah – that would just be sucking up ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.07.08 14:41:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 17) :

    Spot the “worry” in MY eye…. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.08 14:43:28 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • ok guys – off to the airport for me.

    Catch you all tomorrow or maybe later

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.07.08 14:54:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • So what does this mean for Big Fishes favourite Shark Skipper Badenhorst??

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.07.08 14:55:55 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 21) :

    That he gets to go to the Cape to replace Liebenberg ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.07.08 15:05:09 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 21) : The Stormers can have him for free… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.07.08 15:18:15 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) : I think Skip and Kees make up the weekly four-ball with Oom Stef and Rudi

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.07.08 15:20:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • THIS is the sort of heading i like to see on Sharksworld when I log in. :cool:

    Go you good thing.

    We have our leader back. :cool:

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.07.08 17:58:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • How is that…John William…same as my son

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.07.08 21:38:54 by Debs Reply

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  • @Debs (Comment 26) : You have excellent taste in names

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.07.08 21:57:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • How many William’s do we have at the Sharks though?

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.07.08 08:34:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 28) : None. Bis’s second name is Wilhelm, which is close

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.07.08 08:52:02 by robdylan Reply
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