With stories filtering in over the course of the Super Rugby season, I thought it might be helpful to do a consolidated post listing all the Sharks players that we know are leaving at the end of Super Rugby – or have, in fact, already left to pursue their careers elsewhere.
Of the players below, several are leaving for Japan on short-term deals that will not affect their Super Rugby availability next year. Others have opted to leave for good and the repercussions are quite large, not only for the imminent Currie Cup campaign – where new head coach Brad Macleod-Henderson will additionally have to cope with a large cohort of absent Boks – but also for next year’s Super Rugby tournament.
With little movement the other way (at least, not that we’ve heard) the Sharks are going to have to lean heavily on their junior ranks in the months to come in the hope that a few new stars put up their hands and prove their worthiness for Super Rugby in 2015.
Here are the departures we know about at the moment.
|Name||Position||Destination||Return for Super Rugby?|
|Jean Deysel||Flank||Toyota Verblitz||No|
|Ryan Kankowski||Number 8||Toyota||Yes|
|Robert du Preez||Flyhalf||WP||No|
|Tim Whitehead||Centre||EP Kings||No|
|Hansie Graaff||Fullback||EP Kings||No|