Sharksworld has reliably learned that Monty Dumond is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the Cheetahs, in a move that would see him take over from Jacques Louis Potgieter as their first-choice flyhalf for the 2010 Super 14.
Dumond, who made great strides with the Sharks in this year’s Currie Cup is looking at a deal that would see him play for the Cheetahs in the Super 14, before returning to Durban for the Currie Cup. It’s an arrangement that would make a lot of sense, since the dependable pivot is unlikely to see much gametime with the Sharks with Juan Hernandez in the picture.
In other news, it appears that the Lions are still determined to play silly buggers when it comes to Willem Alberts and Louis Ludik – both having been named in that Union’s provisional training squad. Kevin de Klerk has picked up the baton from Manie Reyneke and his frankly nonsensical ramblings about the pair in a recent interview with Jan de Koning of Rugby365 shed no real light whatsoever. Sharksworld’s info remains that both players are dead-set on representing the Sharks in 2010.
The Lions, meanwhile, have included two Sharks loose forwards in their squad, with both Thabo Mamojele and Warren Whiteley named in the group. It’s tempting to speculate about pots and kettles at this point , but we’ll say no more about this matter until we’ve had some confirmation from the Sharks as to whether the players have been released.
Waylon Murray is another player who has been repeatedly linked to both the Lions and the Bulls. We’re waiting for the Sharks to get back to us on exactly what Murray’s contractual position is, but an article on Keo suggests that he is still contracted until the end of the 2010 Super 14 and any potential move could only happen at that point. The Sharks coaches haven’t helped matters at all with a perpetual selection merry-go-round in midfield, leaving players such as Brad Barritt, Frans Steyn and now Murray uncertain as to their long-term future with the Union. One feels that, for Murray, the upcoming Super 14 will be vital. Should he manage to establish himself as the Sharks’ premier outside centre, it will probably persuade him to tear up the other offers currently on his table.
So, in summary, nothing all that new. The Sharks will probably need to make do without Dumond, but should have Murray, Ludik and Alberts all available for the Super 14 next year.Tweet