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Waiting in the wings: Sharksworld chats to Kieran Goss


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 13 Jan 2011 at 16:13
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I had the privilege of chatting to Sharks XV flyer Kieran Goss ahead of the new season to hear what is happening behind the scenes in preparation for a very long rugby season.

Kieran started off by telling me about where he grew up: “I was born in Cape Town into a sports oriented family, where rugby and cricket were the main interests. I started off at Durbanville Primary after which Rob Louw, a family friend, suggested I attend Wynberg, where I got a sports bursary. I was more interested in cricket than rugby, and played a lot more cricket back in the day. I went for rugby trials in my matric year and got into Academy Week, whereafter I was selected to play for the SA Academy side at Craven Week.”

On his decision to go the rugby route instead of cricket: “After I made Craven Week I knew rugby was for me. I was supposed to attend cricket trials a few weeks after Craven Week, and I didn’t go, as I knew my future lay in rugby. At Craven Week I mostly played fullback, with a bit of flyhalf as well.”

Kieran explained how the Sharks became his team: “I never made the WP Craven Week team, I played for the SA Academy team, and my agent suggested the Sharks as the lifestyle is similar to that in Cape Town. I am very happy that I came to Sharks. I moved to Durban at the beginning of last year after being offered a two-year junior contract. The accommodation is great and the people here are so welcoming”

“My first taste of rugby started early in January with Collegians where I played for the Under 20A team. It was here where I decided to move to wing as a result of the strong backline. I played with Cobus Reinach, Willie du Plessis, Mandla Dube, Heimar Williams and Gouws Prinsloo in that team, so I had to move to wing or sit on the bench.” Of course, I had to find out whether Kieran has the one attribute vital in a wing that nobody can coach – raw pace. It turns out that he runs the benchmark 100m in 10.8 seconds, which is certainly up more than adequate for an outside back!

On working with coach Sean Everitt: “It’s amazing working with him, he is such a down to earth guy, and the team as a whole believe in him and his methods. It took a while for the U19 Sharks team to grow as a team, but as soon as we clicked, we won matches. The semi final loss against the Bulls was a tough game, I felt we were unlucky not to come away with the win. We worked really hard in the second half of the season to overcome the bad start we had, so it was a good season.”

Kieran was included in the Vodacom Cup squad for the Sharks XV 2011: “It was a nice surprise to be included in the team. I am currently injured, but I will be ready when the season kicks off. I have a problem with my knees from my quads pulling the muscle from my bone, so a few weeks rest is all I need. My goal is to play Vodacom Cup rugby, make the first team at Collegians and then to make the Sharks U21 squad.”

Thank you Kieran for your time and for giving us some insight into the junior ranks. We would like to wish you the best of luck for the season ahead! Thanks also for Richard for his help in putting this article together.



19 Comments

  • Under 19s started off looking pretty poor last year and ended the season looking like the best age group team.

    Kierans injury sounds pretty serious, and damn sore, to me, but he makes it sound as no big deal, glad to hear he will be ready for VC rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.11 16:27:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : I was so heartbroken when they lost that semifinal game…more so than the under 21s, because I really thought the under 19s were going to do it. They’d won at Loftus handsomely just a few weeks before.

    They have such an awesome backline as well… the makings of a really strong Sharks side in years to come.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.11 16:36:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : I wonder how much of their amazing about turn in form last year had to do with Sean Erasmus, the Glenwood coach being able to dedicate his full attention to the u19 team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.11 16:38:59 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Good interview Rob. Kieran is pretty quick. I would have loved to see him at flyhalf, just to see how he’d fair. I think we could have another title contending u21 side in a couple of year’s time. Next year’s side might struggle a bit.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.11 16:43:13 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : was he involved? I didn’t realise that

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.11 16:47:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : Also didnt know, tell us more of how it happened.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.11 16:53:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : Ya Sean is Everitt’s assistant. He’s an excellent coach. I love the contradiction in his roles. At Glenwood, you’ll see him as this silent coach standing alongside the south side posts and for the u19s he’s this loudmouthed assistant patrolling the touchline, never short on something to say to his players or the ref.
    Glenwood’s last game was in August, so he was freed of that commitment and if you investigate I’m pretty sure you’ll see this is about the time the u19s 6 game winning streak started.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.11 17:07:25 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) : well – kudos to the man. He has turned Glenwood into a powerhouse capable of beating anyone – even the mighty Affies

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.11 17:12:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks, thats interesting, it also shows a huge amount of maturity that outside/addittional help is welcomed.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.11 17:13:57 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Rob, there are 2 sad things that your piece sort of indirectly covers.
    1- the SA Academy team no longer competes at Craven Week. In this same team that helped Kieran make a name for himself, Heimar Williams was an absolute star.
    2- that there isn’t a proper national u20 compo during the 1st part of the year that would go a long way to helping us prep for the junior RWC and obviously make selecting an onform national side that much easier. (It’s mentioned how Goss has to play Club u20 rugga for the first part of the year)

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.11 17:15:56 by beet Reply
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  • Quick lad! And by the sound of it, he has nuclear quads! :lol:

    Like the vibe he gives off, and look forward to seeing more of him. Can’t help but think that it would be awesome to have a 10 or 15 doing a sub-11s 100m.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.11 17:18:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Yes I’m pretty sure that he’s been a blessing for the Green Machine, but hats off to their ambitious, visionary headmaster as well for starting a very successful programme and putting all Glenwood’s key structures in place.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.11 17:22:47 by beet Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : speed queen :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.11 17:34:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :
    :lol:

    I prefer “speed demon”.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.11 17:49:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I see yet another last-ditch attempt to wring some more mileage out of the dead Beast story on Rugby365.

    What’s the bet someone posts it as a comment here… 3….2…1….

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.11 17:58:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    This one goes WELL beyond speculative.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.11 18:29:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : what do you mean?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.11 18:40:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    The article has no real substance. All its got is de Klerk saying that until Beast calls him to say no, he is still hoping. Friday is thrown in as an arbitrary date.

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.11 18:56:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 18) : oh – I see. I was on the phone and misread your last comment.

    Yes – it’s a nothing story. Even the faithful on WTR have given up hope.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.01.11 19:04:16 by robdylan Reply
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