Former Sharks age-group scrumhalf Shannon Rick has been picked up by Griquas for the Currie Cup season and looks set to start against Western Province this weekend. Sarel Pretorius is struggling with a knee injury and is unlikely to be fit.
Rick, a product of Dale College who went on to attend the Sharks Academy, represented the Sharks at under 19, under 21 and Vodacom Cup level between 2007 and 2010 before making his way down to PE to play for the NMMU Madibaz in this year’s Varsity Cup. He impressed Griquas coach Abrie Minnie during last weekend’s friendly match (ironically in his home town of East London) when he was pulled into the squad as a late replacement for Pretorius and according to the coach, has done enough to be contracted for the Currie Cup.
Rick will join former Sharks XV team-mates Justin Downey and Jean Stemmet in the Griquas squad, while a number of other boys who have come through the Academy ranks will be showcasing their skills elsewhere in the Currie Cup. Watch out for the massive 107kg frame of George Tossel, who will play fullback for the Leopards, along with loose forwards Luvo Lusaseni and Renaldo Bothma. All three represented the Sharks at age group level, as did a fair few of the Pumas squad including Tiaan Meyer, Tian Marx and Carl Bezuidenhout .Tweet