One of the personal commitments that I’ve made recently is to tone down the rumour-mongering on this site. That said, I feel it would be remiss of me to completely ignore a pretty big rumour out there at the moment, particularly given that it comes from a usually reliable source.
Mike Greenaway of the Mercury made a seemingly throwaway comment in his regular column towards the end of last week, indicating that Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott was in talks with Western Province with a view to joining them next year. While perhaps a little surprising, it probably wouldn’t come as that much of a shock to Sharks fans if he did leave, given that his shares in Durban have fallen dramatically over the course of the 2010 season, with Charl McLeod regularly preferred in the number 9 jersey this Currie Cup.
Coach John Plumtree has been pretty vocal in his criticism of Kockott this year too and seems to have put paid to any notion that the live-wire number nine would have automatic dibs on the jersey vacated by Ulster-bound Ruan Pienaar. With Pienaar already gone, though, should Kockott leave too, the Sharks would find themselves desperately short of options in the vital scrumhalf position with the inaugural Super 15 looming.
Ross Cronje and Cobus Reinach are playing well for the under 21s, but with Charl McLeod now 27, there does seem to be a big gap for an experienced 9 to fill. I for one haven’t heard any names linked to the Sharks since the Jano Vermaak rumour was quashed a few weeks ago.Tweet