In an interview with the Sharksrugby website, Cell C Sharks CEO John Smit has revealed that the side will have to make do without a bevy of stars during this year’s Currie Cup.
According to Smit, the participating teams and SARU have reached an agreement that will see all contracted Springbok players withdrawn for the duration of the Currie Cup competition. This is a change from previous years, where teams could expect their Boks to return once the Rugby Championship had run its course, typically in time for the knockout rounds.
In addition to contracted Boks, any non contracted players who are selected for the Rugby Championship will also miss out on Currie Cup action.
The Sharks will definitely have to make do without Beast Mtawarira, both du Plessis brothers, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts and Pat Lambie, with Ryan Kankowski, JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn also unavailable due to Japanese commitments. There’s also a distinct possibility that the likes of Cobus Reinach could receive a call up.
Smit also confirmed the signings of Conrad Hoffmann and Lionel Cronje.Tweet