The words “you have got to be kidding me” were the first to form in my mind when a rumour surfaced last week about Andre Pretorius joining the Sharks for this season’s Currie Cup. I’m afraid that this one has now passed my “two unrelated sources” test and thus must have some grain of truth to it.
The former Lions pivot has had massive injury problems over the course of his career and has not completed a season of rugby at any stage over the last five years. His most recent foray into Super Rugby saw him signed by the Western Force as a marquis player. That exercise lasted less than a month, as he duly pulled a hammie during pre-season training, that ruled him out of the entire competition.
Not that a little thing like that would stop our intrepid friend Rudi Straeuli, though. It seems that, having tried in vain to sign every other over-the-hill crock of a flyhalf, he’s now stumbled onto Pretorius. The mind boggles.
Rudi, I beg you – for the sake of Sharks rugby and the sanity of every last one of us – don’t do this. Just walk away and let Pretorius retire gracefully in Japan with his dignity intact. Don’t subject the Sharks fans to more of this nonsense. We’ve had more than enough of it.Tweet