Ryan Kankowski, whose Toyota side lost in the Japanese league semi-finals at the weekend, is already back in Durban and attended his first training session with the Sharks yesterday.
While the big former Bok number 8 will have a huge amount of work to do in the coming weeks to catch up to the rest of the members of the squad, coach Jake White clearly holds his skills in high esteem and looks likely to turn to him as an option, provided he can quickly get up to speed with the new way of working in Durban.
Talking to the Mercury’s Mike Greenaway, White confirmed that “Ryan is a Springbok, he’s got something special about him. He’s really quick and has a bit of X-factor. He’s very important in terms of the way we want to play.
“I know he’s come back a bit later than I would have liked (missing pre-season fitness training), but at least he’s here for the first week of the competition, which bodes well for the future.”
Welcome back Hoff. Good to have you home at last!Tweet