The promising young trio of Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Julian Redelinghuys have all committed their immediate futures to the Sharks, signing two-year senior contracts last week. Chadwick, a loosehead prop from Westville, made his senior debut for the Currie Cup side against the Leopards a few weeks ago and has been a stalwart in both the Sharks under 21 and SA Under 20 sides this year. He was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the Baby Bok squad for the IRB Junior World Championships in Japan this year, but featured in the number 1 jersey in virtually all the warm-up games prior to that point.
Cooper was the Baby Bok hooker in Japan this year and is a combative character all right. He was a key figure in the Sharks under 19 team’s trophy-winning exploits last year and has started every game for the under 21 side this year as well. At 107kg, he is certainly a chunky unit and the former Glenwood boy will look to emulate another green machine hooker who became a fixture in the Sharks front row, John Allan.
Redelinghuys is a former Joburg boy who, if the rumours are to be believed, may just find himself elevated to the Sharks squad this week, with Pat Cilliers battling with fitness. The tighthead has done it all at junior level and together with Wiehahn Herbst should ensure that the Sharks have good depth in this crucial position for years to come.
The Sharks under 21 side find themselves on top of the log after Western Province beat the Blue Bulls this weekend. They will want to cement first place by beating the second-placed Bulls and in the process gain a measure of revenge for a first-round loss in which they were the better team everywhere but on the scoreboard.Tweet