While it’s widely expected, give the way the game is going, that a host of aging Bok stars will seek overseas retirement gigs after the 2015 World Cup, few have, as yet, made these intentions clear.
Cell C Sharks prop Beast Mtawarira bucked that trend this week when he revealed in an interview that he plans to seek a contract in France on conclusion of the tournament, meaning that the 2015 Super Rugby competition will mark his swansong as a Sharks player.
Fans should probably expect a fair few similar announcements to follow over the course of the next year. Players such as Mtawarira are, of course, major drawcards and any French or Japanese club would love to have a Springbok great or two on their books. Other players likely to seek similar exits would include the du Plessis brothers, Willem Alberts, JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn.
It thus becomes critically important for the Sharks to act now to develop suitable replacements for these players, less the years after 2015 be very lean ones indeed.Tweet