Front-row talent commits to Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 7 Sep 2009 at 12:10
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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.


  • Hopefully we can put to rest the persistent nonsense about the Sharks only buying talent from outside the province. The local depth looks very promising indeed.

    In fact i read the Sharks only bought ONE player from the current SA u19 squad, and okay, yes, he was from Grey Bloem, but that’s one compared to like, seven signings from the Blue Bulls.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.09.09 12:30:15 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 1) : well, we did buy three very promising schoolboys from Wynberg :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.09.09 12:43:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 1) :

    Who cares?? Money talks… ;-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.09.09 12:48:40 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Apparently WP didn’t want them so we said ‘Thanks very much’. Once again, WP’s talent retention is up to sh%#

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.09.09 16:59:51 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Rob, I would presume Wiehahn Herbst would have signed as well?

    Where’s he from (ie schooled)?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.09.09 17:20:40 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) : I suppose so. I just heard about these three because Kyle Cooper himself mentioned their names specifically.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.09.09 17:55:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) : Jhb… schooled in Klerksdorp

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.09.09 17:57:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Stalker! :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.09.09 18:16:04 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : hur hur hur

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.09.09 18:38:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi there all my sharks supporters!!!

    Im a happy man today because i went to watch the sharks trash the boland on friday and it was great!!!.

    Jean deysel had an absolute brilliant game!!!,hes back like the 2008 currie cup player of the tournament we know.
    Every other player had a great game for me,eccept chris jordaan who asusual had a shocker.

    As for Hernandez,yea i guess hes getting there(back into form)but it has to happen inthe next game cause i still expected a bit more than what i had witnessed on friday,but all in all it was a great performance from the guys.It was a real team effort.



  • Comment 10, posted at 07.09.09 19:05:35 by The Shark Reply

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  • One would have to admire the depth the Sharks have. Especially in the front row. As a Bulls fan I am very worried about defending the S14 title – good draw or not – without a change of personnel in the front row. Well done to who ever does the planning at the Sharks.

    It seems asif when HM left the Bulls, all the intricate future planning left with him. :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.09 09:11:54 by Pink Oyster Reply

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  • @Pink Oyster (Comment 11) : we’ll see if you feel the same after this weekend’s game… :(

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.09 09:34:46 by robdylan Reply
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