Frank and Thabo not lost to the Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Sep 2008 at 14:44
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Details are sketchy at this stage, but it appears as though the latest crew of Sharks reserves to fly the coop may not have left for good.

Frank Wagenstroom and Thabo Mamojele have both turned out for the Valke in recent weeks, sparking concerns that the youngsters had turned their backs on the Durban union and made the East Rand their new home, much as hooker Jody Jennker did a few months ago. Sharksworld has asked the Sharks to confirm whether the players have in fact been released, or whether they are merely on loan. Our request is currently on Rudi Straueli’s desk and we’ll give you the official answer as soon as we have it.

Certain developments over the weekend, though, have removed all doubt. Mamojele and Wagenstroom are both still contracted by the Sharks and it was due to this fact that both were pulled from the Valke team to face the Sharks on Saturday. In Mamojele’s case, he was allowed to sit on the bench in order that he might accumulate enough “regular season” caps for the Valke to be eligible for the play-offs. There is a ruling in place that any player who has represented a team in less than three round-robin games may not then be selected in the play-offs. One would assume that in the case of the Valke, this would apply to the relegation matches rather than the semi-finals! Wagenstroom gained his first cap against WP, which is why he could afford to sit out the Sharks match.

All indications are that both Wagenstroom and Mamojele will be back with the Sharks in time for next year’s Super 14 and one would hope that the experience gained in playing for the Valke will help them to secure more regular game time in the black and white.

The news is not as good regarding flyhalf-cum-fullback Scott Spedding. Once rated a really bright star on the horizon, the former St Johns boy (and child prodigy) never really made it at the Sharks, battling to even tie down a regular spot in the Wildebeest team this year. Spedding has left Durban and is now with French outfit Brive. More details on that as and when we get them.


  • is this good news? Not really sure…

    How did Mamojele play? Can’t say I really saw him do much of anything

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.08 14:48:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • well, the stir this article has caused made it well worth the five minutes I took to write it ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.08 17:19:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hehehe!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.08 17:24:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Snore

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.08 17:33:22 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch SharkSuper Rugby player
  • huh? Wazzat?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.09.08 17:44:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • According to a report on Grey College (Bloemfontein) stars Adriaan Theissinger (the school’s No.8 and captain) and Francois Venter (SA Schools centre) have been approached by a representative of the famous International Rugby Academy in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Jan-Harm van Wyk, a former Free State Cheetahs wing and now a player agent, said a representative of the Kiwi Academy recently visited South Africa to see Theissinger in action.

    The young schoolboy was offered a “very lucrative” contract.

    “The Academy immediately offered him a contract for six months,” Van Wyk told playon.

    “The contract would mostly pay for all his expenses, where after they would decide about his future and further contracts.

    “But we have decided that it would be better for him to accept a senior contract from the Sharks. It enables him to immediately be part of the Sharks’ structures and as a bonus they also have a very good academy.”

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.08 17:14:02 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : nice… anyone know anything about him?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.08 17:38:30 by robdylan Reply
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