There were a few surprises when the new contracted Boks for 2014 were announced yesterday. I, for one, am stoked for the two Sharks lads who have been included, even if it might be somewhat surprising to a lot of people, due to different reasons!
According to BEELD, contracts were awarded to Marcell Coetzee, JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie , Willie le Roux , Coenie Oosthuizen and Flip van der Merwe.
Tha fact that Hougaard did not play one single test for the Springboks last year, would raise some eyebrows, although it was due to injury. Hougaard may as well make a big impact if he is fit and ready.
Another surprising move by Meyer was to omit the experienced Pierre Spies from this group, although, personally, I am not too sad about this move.
People will be happy to know that JP Pietersen was also contracted for 2015. The majority of this group were already contracted in 2013.
Congratulations to our Sharks boys who have been included in the 2014 boks-contracted team!
Make us proud!