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White takes Sharks back to their roots


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Feb 2014 at 11:45
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The Sharks will hold a very special training session tomorrow, with Jake White opting to highlight the importance of club rugby within the KZN region by instructing his Super Rugby squad to train in their club kit.

An ongoing criticism of the professional era is that talented schoolboy players could conceivably go on to play in 50 games for their country, over the course of a career, without ever donning their club strip in a match situation and while this initiative is, unfortunately, not exactly going to change that situation, it is however an important nod, from the Sharks, to the club structure which underpins professional rugby in the province.

While it’s unlikely that Bismarck du Plessis will turn out for Marshall Security Crusaders in too many games this season (although let’s not forget that he did don a few club jerseys during his return from injury last year), the value of seeing him and brother Jannie don that white jersey for a highly publicised Sharks training session cannot be overstated and will, hopefully, attract others to the club. Likewise, Frans Steyn and Pieter-Steph du Toit, wearing the black-and-red hoops of Collegians and quartered blue of College Rovers respectively, can only do good things to promote those club brands. Varsity College, too, boast a strong contingent of Sharks players, with the likes of Jacques Botes, Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo often involved in club activities.

It’s not just the already successful clubs that will benefit from this exposure, though. White and John Smit have ensured, this season, that their contracted players are evenly allocated across the club spectrum. Even though the players will, of course, spend little time on the field for those clubs, the impact of simply having them affiliated and available to further market those clubs cannot be overstated. Ryan Kankowski (Amanzimtoti), JP Pietersen (Rhinos) and Tim Whitehead (UKZN) are just some examples of big name-players who will, on Tuesday, don the strip of smaller clubs, in so doing raising the profile of those clubs and hopefully attract more players and supporters to their ranks.

Good work, Jake White. Let’s do a lot more of this.



18 Comments

  • I hope we get to see pics of this session. Would be cool to see Kankowski in the colours of Toti Rugby Club :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.14 11:57:42 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : yes, there will be pics.

    I’m hoping Ryan makes it back in time… apparently he’s flying back from Japan today. Tera is also with Toti this season, though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.14 12:01:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Awesome. What is the chances of getting regular club rugby updates this year on SW Rob?

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.14 12:19:30 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 3) : I’m a long way from Durban, but will always do what I can :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.14 12:21:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I will try and get updates from my side as well. I do have some contacts still at Toti rugby club.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.14 12:32:22 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • :grin: awesome! GO varsity college or old boys(glenwood& dhs) or whatever else they wanna call themselves.always awesome to watch them play :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.14 13:13:45 by Poisy Reply
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  • Bwahaha poor Kanko… :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Presumably if Toti get relegated for another club, such as Jaguars(a Sharks initiative to promote development), a club I cant see languishing in 1st division too much longer considering the amount of money KZNRU have poored into it, then he’ll be reassigned.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.14 13:40:11 by Talent Reply
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  • Rob, When do they announce the 1st team for Friday night. Cant wait as white will show his hand. 23 players ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.14 13:42:40 by Observer Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 6) : They’re looking forward to a good year I hope.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.14 13:44:29 by Talent Reply
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  • Atleast the Toti boys are all good fun :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.14 13:45:15 by Talent Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 8) : I don’t know…. I assume we’ll probably get the team on Wednesday or so.

    Also don’t know what has been agreed with the Lions re subs. Hoping it’s more than 23-a-side

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.14 13:52:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wish they would have like 30 players a side for these games. And 4 quarters of 30m each.

    Have played in a few games like that with rolling subs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.14 13:54:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 10) : You can say that again. Coach Jeff and the players have worked their asses off in order to be promoted. I’m sure they will have a tough year, but they can’t do worse than Jaguars did this past few years, even Harlequins have struggled lately.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.14 14:23:40 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 13) : Jaguars are so disappointing. How they managed to find themselves relegated against that PMB club is beyond me, from there it was all downhill.

    Unfortunately the 1st divisions biggest hindrance is the only thing keeping the clubs alive; the fact that its acceptable to crack open a beer at half time. For club Rugby to really reach the heights it should(in 1st division and the weaker premier division clubs) there needs to be more incentive for an improvement in ethos.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.14 14:44:28 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 14) : I think that, that is all down to the management of the team. Back when I played for Toti, it was heavily looked down upon on doing that. You do that and you are kicked off the 1st team

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.14 14:47:15 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 15) : The problem is that nowadays those coaches can’t afford to do that. It has become a case of the tail wagging the dog, and players have more say than even the chairmen of the club.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.14 14:50:02 by Talent Reply
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  • That is why the coach and club captain need to motivate the guys to act in a professional manner if they would like to be able to play with the big dogs

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.14 14:58:45 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 17) : That should go without saying.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.14 15:06:33 by Talent Reply
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