Richard Ferguson

Kankowski on his way out


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Jun 2013 at 08:30
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Following a tough year of limited Super Rugby action with the Sharks, rumour has it that Ryan Kankowski is done with rugby in South Africa.

According to a report on Rugby365.com, Kankowski has made himself available for the Springbok Sevens squad to play in the Sevens World Cup in Moscow, following which he will leave South Africa.

Kankowski, who has a contract to play in Japan following the completion of the Super Rugby season, could well start looking for a spot in Europe after his exclusion from the Springbok squad announced on Saturday evening.

In the article, Heyneke Meyer is quoted as having had a discussion with Kankowski and mentions that the player will play Sevens. Meyer went on to say that the player is unsure of his future, and that he (Meyer) wants to pick players who are going to stay in South Africa.

Kankowski would be a great addition to the Blitzbokke, although he hasn’t played Sevens in a while, he has the speed and strength to do well.

Kankowski’s relationship with Sharks coach John Plumtree has soured during the year, and it would not surprise me if we have seen the last of Kankowski in a Sharks jersey.



53 Comments

  • What a pity.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.06.13 08:32:45 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sad way for a true Sharks player to leave. He deserved better! Shame on the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.06.13 08:40:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If this is all true, and the coach has some sort of sourness towards him, I have one thing to say…

    [email protected]#$ck You Plumtree!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.06.13 08:43:00 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Thank you very much Plumtree! Now bugger off! Your work here is no longer needed! :evil:

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.06.13 08:43:40 by SteelShark Reply
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  • I really hope Smit speaks to him before he makes this decision. A huge player to lose.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.06.13 08:55:40 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 5) : i reckon if plum goes, kanko might stay. Pretty sure they wont renew Plums contract. Why would they?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.06.13 09:08:41 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I wish somebody can get to the bottom of whom exactly has been responsible for the exodus of quality players from the Sharks – to my mind it’s either Plum or Straueli.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.06.13 09:09:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • So I’m told that Kanky plans to have a no-holds-barred chat with all the stakeholders once Smit takes over…. to try and thrash out a way forward before deciding to leave. I really hope that’s true.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.06.13 09:10:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • A big loss. The way he has been treated belongs in a “how not to coach” case study.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.06.13 09:15:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I hope so too, it’s a disgraceful way to treat one of your best and most loyal players.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.06.13 09:27:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
    “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
    “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
    -Vince Lombardi

    Basically Plum, people who work together will win, not people who treat their star players like dogsh!t. I dont even know the details, maybe Kanko did something terrible. But the way you handled it reflects on your leadership

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.06.13 09:33:01 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • My very first favorite Sharks player from when I started following rugby (2006). Sad to see him leave but if he comes to Europe, I have a new destination for my rugby holidays… Ulster is getting a bit boring after seeing them lose finals year after year ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.06.13 09:49:57 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 12) : Too many Sharks players at Ulster :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.06.13 09:52:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Come on Plum.

    You really think Daniel is a better 8 than Kanko?
    This is a massive loss.

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  • Comment 14, posted at 03.06.13 09:55:40 by John Galt Reply

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  • Yeah. This would be the final straw for me. Plum, pack your bags and leave, you f*#%tard.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.06.13 10:00:50 by King Shark Reply
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  • Poor Kanko must be at a real low. Plays a few games for the Sharks,gets discarded. Gets a call up to the greater Bok training group, gets discarded then gets the recommendation to go and play 7s.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.06.13 10:13:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Kyk nou asb hou op so vloek man kyk hoe gan julle an julle is niks beter as plum nie ja dit is nie sy jaar vir rugby nie mar julle moet nie so vloek nie

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.06.13 10:17:03 by flaffie.22 Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Jeez I hope so. If I had to choose between Plum and Kanko I’d go with Kanko.

    No innovation in the Sharks for how long? But Kanko is held accountable for being out of form and dropped while our great and illustrious captain is out of form as well as suffering from some form of amnesia when it comes to the laws of the game he plays.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.06.13 10:27:26 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Come on Plumtree! You have lost one of the Sharks’ best players, all because of your petty pride. Get out of South Africa!

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  • Comment 19, posted at 03.06.13 10:34:55 by David12246 Reply

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  • Share away. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/PetitionToHaveJohnPlumtreeRemovedAsSharksCoach

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.06.13 10:49:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Rob, your inside titbits are usually spot on – I really hope this comes off and he stays. And I really hope we get a new coaching staff as soon as S15 ends. The new boys can cut their teeth on Currie Cup.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.06.13 11:02:27 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I’d be ecstatic if Kanko stays and most of the coaching staff goes. Pretty sure if it came to Kanko vs Plum, most would choose Kanko!

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.06.13 11:08:36 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @flaffie.22 (Comment 17) : So you happy with the results?

    You sound like Plum at a post match interview…

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.06.13 11:08:39 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Plumtree on his way out! How I wish this was the case!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.06.13 11:14:14 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Hang on…

    Meyer wants to pick players who is going to stay in South Africa.

    Let me go look at the Bok squad again…

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.06.13 11:14:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 25) : Bunch of politicians these modern day coaches, nothing more.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.06.13 11:17:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • guys, please…. I know we’re angry, but don’t stay stuff here that you wouldn’t say to John Plumtree’s face.

    I’m going to edit some of these comments.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.06.13 11:18:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Some of these fellas might just be willing to say these things to Plums face :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.06.13 11:21:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : nah – there’s not a keyboard crusader here who would say that to Plumtree. You seen the size of him?

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.06.13 11:24:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : As if, Plumtree would put most on their arses pronto.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.06.13 11:31:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :
    That is a big boy there. Looks fit enough to step back onto the field of play to.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.06.13 11:37:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Kanko in bok sevens squad.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.06.13 11:39:51 by Uli Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 14) : that to me is also something I question. KD has had a free ride this season.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.06.13 11:43:26 by Uli Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : Yep.
    @robdylan (Comment 29) : I’ve been known to field a proper klap or two for my opinions in the past :shock:

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.06.13 12:10:01 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : And, as you know, it started with Pdivvie. Had Kanko holding tackle bags, played him out of position, dropped him… And now it is happening at home too.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.06.13 12:11:33 by King Shark Reply
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  • Not all of us ‘keyboard crusaders’ are small okes. Probably a fair bunch that could be big guys :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.06.13 13:24:12 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 36) : how big are you? :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.06.13 13:46:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Apparently Kanko is in talks with WP for a move to Newlands.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.06.13 14:26:00 by DBOY Reply

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  • Look at my avatar :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.06.13 14:26:01 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Can Plum just go? pls.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.06.13 14:30:07 by DBOY Reply

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  • @DBOY (Comment 38) : Would not be a wise move at all. He wont budge Vermeulen and I think Carr would also be ahead of him.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.06.13 14:35:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 41) : I think it’s just some leverage. Makes no sense to go there and sit behind Vermeulen.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.06.13 14:37:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Do you know whether he has played any form of rugby in the last 6 weeks?

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.06.13 14:44:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Sounds like a rather classic example of FJELN.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.06.13 15:09:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Well according to the sharks twitter feed and news24 kanko and s’bo made the bok 7′s side

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.06.13 15:13:27 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

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  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 45) :

    It’s only a training squad.

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.06.13 15:17:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 46) : sorry might help if I read the hole article was so happy for his sake didn’t read the hole thing my bad

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.06.13 15:32:21 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 43) : well, he played two vodacom cup games

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.06.13 16:25:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Any club rugby?

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.06.13 17:04:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 49) : I don’t actually believe so, no

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.06.13 17:15:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Has anybody at least entertained the possibility that Kanko just has a bit of a kak attitude?

    I know its not fashionable to crit a player and all crit is to be reserved for the sole consumption of the Plumtree, but shouldnt it at least be considered?

    And now he’s not getting selected he wants to take his ball and go play with the little guys (Japanese and Sevens) again?

    Just playing devil’s advocate here a bit…

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.06.13 18:29:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Even if Kanko had a kak attitude…the way this situation was handles leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I watched the S15 games Kanko played early this year, too be honest he wasnt half as bad as Daniel. I have always rated Kanko. If he leaves…Plum should be next. Come on Barney…u.said some tough choices will be made, i hope this is one of them.
    Being 6th/8th/10th every year in S15 simply aint good enough anymore. Injuries you tell me…? Why loan loosies when you have Kanko. Plum go back to NZ

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.06.13 18:52:32 by DBOY Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 51) : It has crossed my mind.

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.06.13 09:04:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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