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A door opens: Sharksworld chats to Edwin Hewitt


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Jun 2013 at 09:27
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“Look, one thing I know for sure is that when a door closes for one guy, it means another door is opening for someone else”. So says new Sharks lock Edwin Hewitt on the somewhat fortuitous set of circumstances that have led to his move down to Durban ahead of the Currie Cup season.

Raised in Pretoria and a graduate of the famous Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, just a stone’s throw from Loftus Versveld itself, it was not to be the “high road” of Craven Week selection and the Bulls’ under 19 program for Edwin. He made his way into top rugby via Pukke in Potchefstroom, representing the Leopards at both under 19 and under 21 level before appearing in the inaugural Varsity Cup in 2010. That competition proved a springboard for Hewitt – as it has for so many others players from the smaller unions – and he moved on to play for Griquas the next year, where he’s been up until now. In a career that has coincided with a particularly good run of form for the men in peacock blue, the 25-year-old Hewitt has established a reputation as a hard-working lock forward who is able to use his bulk to good advantage in the close-quarter exchanges – and as a punchy ball-carrier close to the advantage line.

So how did Edwin end up at the Sharks? He takes up that tale and gives much of the credit to his agent, In Touch Sports’ James Adams. “I’ve never had an agent up to now,” Edwin explains, “but I recently signed up with James and he helped to make the move to the Sharks happen.” We spoke about the injury crisis currently affecting second-row stocks in Durban and Edwin sees it as an opportunity for him to take the gap and establish himself as a key player in the Sharks engine room. “I’ve always admired the Sharks and it’s a team I’ve wanted to play for,” he says. “I’ve just got to make the most of this opportunity”.

The good news for Edwin is that the Sharks medical team have no concerns about the shoulder injury that plagued him during this year’s Vodacom Cup competition and he has been offered a contract that will see him through until the end of the current Currie Cup campaign. Edwin is determined to stick around beyond the end of the year, though, but knows that only a solid Currie Cup campaign can make that happen.

“So far, it’s been great,” he says of his move to Durban, “everyone has been really friendly and welcoming and it’s been easy to slot in. Also going to LIV Village for our captain’s run [ahead of tonight's Lions match] was a really special experience, something that opens your eyes a bit more.” Edwin is fortunate to have a close friend in Durban to help him “learn the ropes”; former Sharks flanker and Griquas teammate Justin Downey is in town, completing the final phase of his rehabilitation from a knee injury and is helping Edwin to find his feet in the big city.

We’d like to thank Edwin for his time and wish him all the best for many successful exploits in the black and white jersey going forward. Welcome to the Sharks!



2 Comments

  • Can’t wait to see the Sharkies in action again! It should be a cracker of a game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.13 09:43:42 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Only one week to go!!! Sharks almost back in action!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.13 21:57:42 by JD Reply
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