Sharks prop Eugene van Staden is back in training with the Sharks in Durban, after an off-season loan move that saw him play for Biarritz Olympique in South-West France.
The burly front-ranker, who represented Montepellier in the French league for 3 seasons before joining the Sharks, left for France shortly after the Currie Cup final last year to provide emergency front-row cover after Eduard Coetzee (another former Shark) was forced into early retirement. Speculation was rife at the time that the move may be a permanent one, but our information was always that van Staden would return to the Sharks in time for pre-season training this month.
Despite playing his last match for Biarritz on Saturday, van Staden flew back to Durban on Tuesday and got straight back into the action yesterday morning, confirming to Sharksworld that he “had a bit of a sweat with the boys” and that it was great to be back.
The Sharks are well covered in terms of front row options for the season, with Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, van Staden, Wiehahn Herbst, Dale Chadwick and Julian Redelinghuys all in the picture for Super Rugby selection.Tweet