News out of the Sharks camp is that a number of the Under 21 Class of 2009 have been training with the Super 14 squad for the last few weeks.
With a hectic 2010 campaign looming, The Sharks brains trust have elected to split the squad early, with those earmarked for the Super 14 continuing to train with John Plumtree, while the second tier prepares for the Vodacom Cup under the watchful eye of Sean Everitt. The bulk of this year’s under 21 squad – or, at least, those of them who haven’t left – will look to represent the Sharks XV next year before hopefully going on to play a role in the 2010 Currie Cup campaign.
A number of the youngsters have already been included in the Super 14 squad in a bid to fast track their progress into the senior ranks. Perhaps the least surprising name is that of scrumhalf Ross Cronjé, who made his Super 14 debut in 2009. His brother Guy will also come into the Super 14 reckoning and if Monty Dumond is indeed released to the Cheetahs, the blonde youngster could find himself as the only flyhalf backup to Juan Hernandez. Pat Lambie will also be there and will apparently be used at centre next year. Both Cronjé and Lambie made their senior debuts during the 2009 Currie Cup.
Other players to crack the nod are hooker Kyle Cooper and outside centre Jerome “Trompie” Pretorius. Impressive number 8 Luvuyiso Lusaseni also spent some time running with the Super 14 squad, but the reality is that not all of the players currently training with the big boys will go on to earn Super 14 gametime this season.
Both squads will complete their final week of pre-season training for this year on Friday, before enjoying a two-week Christmas break.Tweet