Richard Ferguson

The Sharks and Saracens linked


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 13 Jun 2013 at 08:00
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Brendan Venter is already making headlines following his announcement as Sharks Director of Rugby on Tuesday. His previous, or shall I say current employers, Saracens, issued a statement yesterday saying that Venter would continue in his role as Technical Director.

Investigating this a bit more, Venter stepped down from being Director of Rugby at Saracens in January 2011. Since then he has been visiting the club on a monthly basis, offering the club and coaches advise.

Confirmation from the Sharks indicate that this will continue. Once Venter takes over the full coaching role for the Currie Cup, he will still fly to London once a month to consult with the Saracens coaches. How long each of these visits last is yet to be determined, but the Sharks confirm that this role will not be time consuming.

While many might see a problem with our interim head coach jetting off once a month while the team is playing Currie Cup rugby, I see a fantastic opportunity. Let’s remember, Venter will not be the head coach once the next instalment of Super Rugby comes around, leaving him free to jet to London once a month without leaving our team to tour on their own.

The door that this connection with Saracens opens up though, is what we should concentrate on. Not only are we creating ties with one of the best clubs in England, we will be sharing a playing style with them, sharing ideas, creating a think tank that Sharks fans have been calling for.

Going a step further, both sets of players could greatly benefit from a loan structure between clubs, which could come in handy should either club have a desperate injury crises in a certain position. Apart from those emergency situations, talented youngsters waiting in the wings at the Sharks could well go across to gain experience and come back rounded players.

Yes the conditions are not exactly the same, and there is a big difference in the type of rugby that is being played, but surely this experience would do any player the world of good. Thinking beyond the players themselves, coaching staff could gain plenty from going over to a sister club in the off season to learn new methods and drills.

The above does not even take into account the marketing that could be done with this type of connection, with exhibition matches being played either in South Africa or in England, again, opportunities that our players and teams do not currently have.

The theories and ideas mentioned might shock a few, some might see where I am going with this. The fact remains, the Sharks are heading into a new era, and with a bit of thinking outside of the norm, the Sharks could be at the beginning of achieving fantastic results while being world leaders in innovation.



49 Comments

  • I like it Rich, Sharks could possibly re-establish themselves at the forefront of innovation for professional rugby.

    I can only imagine the number of young players the Sharks will be attracting if they manage to establish an exchange program with Saracens.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.13 08:16:01 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • I like it!! We can only benefit from a few new ideas. Look how our scrumming improved when Frederico Mendez came to the Sharks for Currie Cup a few years ago and how Carlos Spencer improved Elton Jantjies’ attacking play. Everyone has a different way of looking at things.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.13 08:16:12 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Any truth to the news on the radio this morning that Piennaar wants to come back to the Sharks? :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.13 08:17:10 by ChrisS Reply
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  • I like the idea’s , I am just not sure I like him not being here all the time. My biggest worry is that he might have too much on his plate. Only time will tell.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.13 08:17:22 by Uli Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) : I wont be surprised and actually thought he might be back on by the fact that plum is gone. Maybe Muller would also like to come back?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.13 08:18:41 by Uli Reply
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  • This sounds great. I am just glad you said thinking outside of the norm and not box :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.13 08:18:44 by Viking Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) : I would realy not min if he comes back. He is a extremely talented player with a lot of experience.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.13 08:20:05 by Viking Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) :

    Check back in about 10 minutes for the story..

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.13 08:22:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I see that the dog of a van Zyl is up to his tricks again by undermining John’s decision for appointing Venter saying he wanted Plum to have 2 more years. He needs to get with the flow or get out.
    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Van-Zyl-wanted-Plumtree-to-stay-20130613

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.13 08:24:08 by Viking Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : cant wait

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.13 08:24:09 by Uli Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 7) : And a guy like Reinach can learn a lot from him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.13 08:24:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 9) : They should just release this oke off his duties as soon as possible.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.13 08:25:25 by Uli Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : pwhahahaha must be the joke of the year…

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.06.13 08:25:52 by Uli Reply
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  • What I really do like abut Venter there and JS there, The Sharks are actually taking rugby serious for once in their lives. This to me is the most important part of all this change.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.13 08:28:21 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 13) : Uli, stop being a plank :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.13 08:29:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : ok maybe he can learn at least one thing … :P hehe

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.13 08:31:45 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 12) : So John is to be his understudy for the next couple of months. At least he will learn what not to do :oops:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.13 08:34:10 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 17) : Do what? be a snake?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.13 08:35:25 by Uli Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : i would give up my new bakkie for ruan to come back

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.13 08:39:59 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 12) :

    He is leaving his post 30 June

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.06.13 08:41:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 5) : I’d love to have Muller back given our lack of locks at the moment! @Viking (Comment 7) : I agree with you!! @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Will do, thanks Rich!

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.06.13 08:41:53 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : Serious? not end Fed 2014 anymore?

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.06.13 08:46:31 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 22) :

    That is what has been reported.

    John Smit is the new Sharks CEO from 1 July 2013.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.06.13 08:50:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : From what we have read here, aren’t they doing a duel thing until Feb next year? not sure about it now.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.06.13 08:51:45 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 24) :

    The mentorship program was originally reported, but when asked about it at the press conference, it was made clear that Smit is boss from 1 July.

    van Zyl will be around should Smit need any help, but in no official capacity whatsoever.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.06.13 08:55:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think the next “tough discussion” John is going to have is with one Brian van Zyl.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.06.13 09:03:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : ok awesome, I highly doubt he will ask for help :D

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.06.13 09:04:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Amen

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.06.13 09:04:35 by Uli Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : That is great news. I can’t see van Zyl doing anything more than shredding some papers for John and getting him some coffee.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.06.13 09:07:19 by Viking Reply
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  • All good and well just as long as that smiling Saracens hooker stays far away from Durban.

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.06.13 09:17:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I had the same ideas as you Rich. Time will tell if that is going to happen and if its going to work. I am anxiously positive for Shark Rugby’s future.

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.06.13 09:23:39 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : Schalk Brits? No, I don’t think so.

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.06.13 09:46:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Any rumours about a “kop dokter” yet?

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.06.13 09:57:37 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 33) : At this stage they might need to implement a psych ward :twisted:

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.06.13 10:00:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I am excited about our future, truly.

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.06.13 10:08:07 by King Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Yep, the Cape Town okes love him.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.06.13 10:14:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Since Sarries planted plastic grass, conditions are similiar to harder fields. Home games anyway.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.06.13 10:15:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Mclovin: Is that the grass with the metal spikes in?

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.06.13 10:20:45 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 38) : No idea.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.06.13 10:25:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 36) :

    Thats because he’s a massively talented player! Not the best in the world, but good to watch and loads of skills. Pretty nice guy too.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.06.13 13:17:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 38) :

    What are you on about? The artificial pitch is, by all accounts, a massive success.

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.06.13 13:19:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 40) : Im glad he is a nice guy.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.06.13 13:40:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Vin: Ive only heard about it. Was wondering how safe it is.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.06.13 13:54:34 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Interesting report in last nights paper. Plum out Venter in and Kanko then signs Sharks deal??

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.06.13 09:00:04 by markp Reply

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  • @markp (Comment 44) : which paper was that?

    It’s no coincidence though.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.06.13 09:26:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Daily News announced JP, Beeeeeast and Kanko had signed new contracts.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.06.13 10:43:33 by markp Reply

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  • @markp (Comment 46) :

    Great news!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.06.13 10:52:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @markp (Comment 46) :

    We reported the same on Tuesday mate..

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.06.13 11:03:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Doesn’t Saracens and Province have a loan/share agreement? If I’m not mistaken, mr Rupert have interests in both ‘clubs’

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.06.13 13:51:14 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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