The Pumas would appear to have signed Sharks under 21 captain, Tian Meyer.
Meyer, who’s equally comfortable at scrumhalf and flyhalf will look to make his Currie Cup premier league debut for the Witbank side later this year. His loss, I’m sure, will be keenly felt, given that the Sharks have now let Len Olivier and Monty Dumond leave as well. This leaves Juan Hernandez and a seriously unwilling Ruan Pienaar as the only Super 14 flyhalves in the squad, with Guy Cronjé as their backup. Remember that Meyer’s understudy, Dauw Steyn, has also left and will play for the Leopards in 2010.
Goodness alone knows who the Sharks will now pick at flyhalf in the Currie Cup. Let’s just hope that Dumond does indeed come back to steady the ship.
Another youngster, George Tossell, looks set to make the move to the Pumas as well. Tossell is a seriously big centre – well in excess of 100kgs with a huge boot and he scored a number of pretty good tries for the juniors this season. When added to the list of promising youngsters and fringe players that have been allowed to just wander off in the last two seasons, it’s hardly surprising that the Sharks never seem to have any depth to call on when needed.