There have been rumours doing the rounds of lots of different players signing for the Sharks. First we have the whole Free State backline in negotiations with the Sharks and then we had half the Lions backline in negotiations as well.
Taking into account the confirmed acquisitions of Ross Skeate and Lionel Mapoe (subject to him winning his court battle) and the presence of Andre Pretorius in Durban, Rudi Straueli has certainly been quite a busy man. But this begs the question, do we really need to go and buy more players. The depth cupboard seems to be well stocked in all positions but inside centre and flyhalf, which is why the probable signing of Meyer Bosman, a player who can play both positions, seems like a sensible one. That said, with Steve Meyer coming out of retirement, the flyhalf stocks are a little better.
As far as the Ebersohns go, we don’t need them, especially since they have yet to live up to the considerable hype around them. Doppies la Grange is another overrated player who seems to have committed his immediate future to the Lions where he should, in all fairness by playing second fiddle to Walter Venter (now, he would be a good buy) while the excellent Jano Vermaak, if he were to join the Sharks would face competition for the no. 9 jersey in Rory Kockott, Charl McLeod and Ross Cronje who are all more than capable players.
While there has been a lot of talk in the media about possible signings for the Sharks, this probably amounts to some of the players Rudi Straueli is talking to and not necessarily players who have signed.
The squad for the Currie cup does look a good one, especially when the injured players come back and in the mean time, the younger players at the Sharks should be given an opportunity as the coaching staff have been saying they will do since the Super 14 ended.