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Sharks to announce new player signing


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Jun 2015 at 17:41
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Well, the Sharks have certainly got tongues wagging with a teaser announced on social media this afternoon. According to the post, which appeared on FaceBook and Twitter, the union will announce a new signing on Wednesday 3 June

Of course, the usual geniuses (myself included) tweeted as many sarcastic chirps back as they could think of, which didn’t meet with much response. One reply on the Sharks Facebook page, though, did confirm that the new signing is definitely a player, rather than a coach or a new mascot.

Who could it be? I doubt the Sharks would be making such a big deal about this if it wasn’t a big name signing, perhaps even a current Springbok? Anyone have any theories? I have mine, but will wait until Wednesday to see if I’m right.



203 Comments

  • Isn’t it just to confirm Michael Classen?

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.15 17:48:30 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • My Oupa did get a call recently and he was very secretive about it. Said he should probably start hitting the gym and go to a Doctor for a full medical.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.15 17:51:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Willie leroux

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.15 17:52:13 by Shane Hansen Reply

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  • Israel Dagg

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.15 17:54:25 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • I put it on record that I bet you anything they will announce a player we already knee was coming.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.15 17:57:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • So Rob who is your pick? Just a thought could this the retention of PSDT

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.15 17:59:03 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @Shane Hansen (Comment 3) : That would be awesome!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.15 18:01:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Reason to look forward to Wednesday! Really can’t think who it is

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.06.15 18:02:08 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 4) : Lol, we have about the same chance if signing Sonny Bill, 0

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.06.15 18:03:09 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) : It better not be!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.06.15 18:03:17 by Ben Reply
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  • Let us not forget that last time the sharks teased a big new signing it was the new mascot.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.06.15 18:03:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 11) : Actually I lie, I think they hyped up the Steyn signing after that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.06.15 18:07:45 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 11) : It’s definitely a player.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.06.15 18:08:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) : they already announced him some time ago

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.06.15 18:08:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wouldn’t mind William small Smith or another quality center to be honest.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.06.15 18:09:03 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Based on recent signing history my guess would be Jacques Fourie.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.06.15 18:14:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Alistair Hargreaves

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.06.15 18:15:53 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Undoubtedly Tana Umaga

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.06.15 18:23:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Scotty Higginbotham (ha ha)

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.06.15 18:30:08 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Shane Hansen (Comment 3) : I also thought Willie le Roux…

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.06.15 18:32:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Willie Le Roux or Brad Barrit :D

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.06.15 18:32:47 by tokozaan Reply

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  • Oh no…please don’t let it be Morné Steyn!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.06.15 18:33:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Victor Matfield

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.06.15 18:33:50 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 23) : Too young ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.06.15 18:34:48 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Fourie Du Preez

    Bakkies Botha

    Add in any other over-the-hill 30+ player here…

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.06.15 18:35:35 by Feather Reply

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  • Os du Rand

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.06.15 18:38:59 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : I heard that as well but then Boswell Wilkie told me its Bozo,he wants to move to a bigger circus but with less audience

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.06.15 18:46:57 by benji Reply
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  • Ollie le Roux?

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.06.15 18:47:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • My money is on Willie…

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.06.15 18:47:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It’s Naas Botha – he will come show us what a real kicking game is ;-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.06.15 18:48:52 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 30) : it’ll be a naas one

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.06.15 18:56:14 by tokozaan Reply

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  • Floyd may weather. Sharktank to host fight of the millennium. The “Money” vs the ” Jannie”.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.06.15 18:56:26 by sudhir Reply

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  • WAHL BARTMANN FTW!!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.06.15 18:56:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : Mine too!

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.06.15 18:57:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Hahaha! Wow there’s a name I haven’t heard of in a while.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.06.15 19:00:39 by gregkaos Reply
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  • So, is it right that it can’t be a player who is currently with another SA side?

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.06.15 19:02:18 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 36) : I so don’t understand the rules around that…announcements about signings have been made left, right and centre…

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.06.15 19:14:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • John smit himself, he’s coming back to lead the team again. Or mark andrews, reece edwards in the flesh… Anyone of these guys.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.06.15 19:18:46 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Wahl has passed on hasn’t he rob??

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.06.15 19:20:24 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Always good to see support. Let’s hope it’s a young exiting player. Coenie oosthiuzen? Etzbeth? Good young center? Someone from bok u20′s?

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.06.15 19:25:11 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 39) : no alive and well. Owns fidelity security. Not your garden variety millionaire

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.06.15 19:25:40 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 40) : Willie le Roux…bet ya…

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.06.15 19:34:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 42) : Wouldn’t mind willie to be honest.

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.06.15 19:50:38 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 43) : Yeah me too…

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.06.15 19:58:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • How about some suggestions for the signing you’d be most disappointed with!
    I pick Victor Matfield! :shock:

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.06.15 19:59:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 45) : Derick Kuun. :roll:

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.06.15 20:10:27 by Ben Reply
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  • Two players I’d be disappointed with is morne steyn and ruan pienaar. I have this sickening feeling its ruan eish

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.06.15 20:10:32 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Remember this?

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FApEzw_Zgmw

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.06.15 20:14:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 46) : Ahhhhh…Derick Kuun…I think I forgot about him as a psychlogical protective mechanism!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.06.15 20:16:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 48) : What a toss!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.06.15 20:19:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 47) : I’d be a loooooot more disappointment with Morne Steyn than with Ruan Pienaar…for sure!

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.06.15 20:20:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 51) : That makes two of us!

  • Comment 52, posted at 01.06.15 20:30:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 51) : Not sure how Ruan Pienaar and Morné Steyn can even be mentioned in the same sentence. :roll:

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.06.15 20:32:23 by Ben Reply
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  • With all the hype it must be Jesse Kriel.

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.06.15 20:38:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 54) : That would also not be bad

  • Comment 55, posted at 01.06.15 20:39:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I wouldn’t want either of them here, ever…. In ruan’s case, again. Maybe its eben?

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.06.15 20:41:16 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 54) : The Bulls would never let him go surely…they have thrown enough money at him and would definitely just throw more?

  • Comment 57, posted at 01.06.15 20:41:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 56) : I still say Willie…

  • Comment 58, posted at 01.06.15 20:43:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Francois hougaard

  • Comment 59, posted at 01.06.15 20:50:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Marnitz Boshof or Ruan Combrink

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.06.15 20:51:28 by Leon Schrenk Reply

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  • Willie is a good player. But primadonna attitude

  • Comment 61, posted at 01.06.15 21:03:37 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 59) : Hougaard for the one you’d be most disappointed with…or who we are going to sign?

  • Comment 62, posted at 01.06.15 21:04:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Raymond Benjamin

  • Comment 63, posted at 01.06.15 21:04:49 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 61) : He’s got exactly what our backline badly needs – creativity.

  • Comment 64, posted at 01.06.15 21:05:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 61) : I don’t know whether Willie is intelligent enough to qualify as a primadonna! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 01.06.15 21:06:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 63) : Do you mean Rayno? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 66, posted at 01.06.15 21:07:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 64) : That’s it…

  • Comment 67, posted at 01.06.15 21:08:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 67) : That and some coaching! :twisted:

  • Comment 68, posted at 01.06.15 21:10:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 68) : Yes please…

  • Comment 69, posted at 01.06.15 21:11:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : Maybe Willie will be tasked with both. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 70, posted at 01.06.15 21:13:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Andries Bekker, in talks to be recalled to Boks and didn’t he play in Gold’s team in Japan?

  • Comment 71, posted at 01.06.15 21:26:48 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 71) : I’d be less happy with that…but let’s wait and see…

  • Comment 72, posted at 01.06.15 21:31:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Don’t think it will be a local.

    Expecting an old Bok. Maybe Hargreaves or Mostert.

  • Comment 73, posted at 01.06.15 21:46:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The positions I don’t think we need any more signings in, assuming we keep players like Marcell, are scrumhalf, flyhalf and loosie. The most urgent position to look at are probably fullback, tighthead and maybe lock…so I stick with my prediction of Willie!

  • Comment 74, posted at 01.06.15 22:06:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Another marketing gimmick. :roll:

    This type of thing is indicative of what’s wrong at the Sharks. Celebrity CEO and all.

  • Comment 75, posted at 02.06.15 00:38:53 by fyndraai Reply
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  • why do I have to do the captcha thing every now and then?

  • Comment 76, posted at 02.06.15 00:40:24 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 76) : To prove that you’re not a robot. You do support the Bulls after all. :lol:

  • Comment 77, posted at 02.06.15 03:03:37 by Ben Reply
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  • After letting Fred go it will be a flyhalf.
    Goosen, or Morne Steyn.

  • Comment 78, posted at 02.06.15 03:19:54 by Loosehead Reply

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  • Schalk Britz.

  • Comment 79, posted at 02.06.15 03:55:05 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 18) : Lol….stop it.

  • Comment 80, posted at 02.06.15 04:35:02 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • it is willie le roux

  • Comment 81, posted at 02.06.15 04:46:29 by grant10 Reply

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  • Marnitz Boshof, Ruan Combrink or Andries Bekker.

  • Comment 82, posted at 02.06.15 05:34:12 by Leon Schrenk Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 81) : you sound sure?

  • Comment 83, posted at 02.06.15 05:42:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 83) : Yes. I am….

  • Comment 84, posted at 02.06.15 06:08:35 by grant10 Reply

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  • Willie le Roux verlore vir Cheetahs
    Rowwe eerste dag vir Franco Smith
    Deur Jóhann Thormählen Dinsdag 02 Junie 2015 04:40

    Willie le Roux

    Op ’n rowwe eerste dag vir Franco Smith in sy nuwe pos as hoofafrigter het dit bekend geword dat die Springbok-heelagter Willie le Roux net tot ná die Super-reeks vir die Cheetahs gaan speel.

    Smith, wat by Naka Drotské die Cheetah-leisels oorvat, het Maandag gesê hy gaan benewens sy nuwe hulpafrigters ’n paar konsultante gebruik om met die oorgangsproses by die Cheetahs te help.

    Jaco Swanepoel en Hendro Scholtz is van die breiers wat hom gaan bystaan. Hulle was ook deel van sy Shimla-bestuurspan.

    Le Roux, wat in 2013 as Griekwa-speler vir die Cheetahs Superrugby gespeel en toe ’n Bok geword het, gaan waarskynlik vanjaar ’n draai in Japan maak en hom daarna by die Haaie aansluit.

  • Comment 85, posted at 02.06.15 06:10:35 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 85) : Always liked you!

  • Comment 86, posted at 02.06.15 06:25:45 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 86) : LOL….Good signing indeed.

  • Comment 87, posted at 02.06.15 06:28:52 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 87) : Best signing the Sharks have made in the last ten years.

  • Comment 88, posted at 02.06.15 06:31:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Lol I wouldn’t say the last ten years…. But yes a great signing indeed.

  • Comment 89, posted at 02.06.15 06:45:19 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Not good for him, his talent will suffer at the sharks. Wonder how long it will take for everyone to hate min after a few fumbles. Just like the FS, Bissie situation

  • Comment 90, posted at 02.06.15 07:31:09 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • If it’s only for Super Rugby then it might be Brussow as well.

  • Comment 91, posted at 02.06.15 07:32:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • It’s Willie Le Roux. I saw a headline in Beeld.

  • Comment 92, posted at 02.06.15 07:33:52 by StevieS Reply
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  • Its spies!!

  • Comment 93, posted at 02.06.15 07:43:14 by Poisy Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 92) : Good Signing… But I wouldn’t mind if it was Ryno Benjamin.

  • Comment 94, posted at 02.06.15 07:44:21 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Good move by the Sharks. Bad move by Willie.

  • Comment 95, posted at 02.06.15 07:49:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 78) : Na…Pietersen has been signed and will be cover for flyhalf after Lambie and Cronje…

  • Comment 96, posted at 02.06.15 07:56:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Willie will be fine…although the mention of Japan fills me with trepidation! :shock:

  • Comment 97, posted at 02.06.15 08:01:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 97) : Deysel is staying right? Done with Japan?

  • Comment 98, posted at 02.06.15 08:02:26 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 98) : I hope so…but I don’t know…

  • Comment 99, posted at 02.06.15 08:03:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Am I the only person that would be really really disappointed if it is Willie? I don’t rate him at all.

    I think he is way to selfish, gets way to much credit for creativity that is not he’s. And is way to inconsistent when it comes to play making. I am pretty sure his failed creative moves have conceded just as many points as he has scored.

  • Comment 100, posted at 02.06.15 08:07:03 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 100) : At least he is only 25 I guess.

  • Comment 101, posted at 02.06.15 08:07:44 by Seth101 Reply
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  • ” Cape Town – Cheetahs and Springbok fullback Willie le Roux will join the Sharks from the 2016 season.

    According to Netwerk24, the 25-year-old will join a Japanese club for three months after his 2015 Springbok commitments are completed, before joining the Durban-based franchise in time for next year’s Super Rugby competition.”

    I hate the way the Sharks are so willing to be a part time club.

  • Comment 102, posted at 02.06.15 08:20:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • So apparently the Sharks cant even keep a secret and the cat is out the bag that its Willie LeRoux after he has a little holiday in Japan after the World Cup. So at best he will arrive late for start of Super Rugby. Wonder how SP Marais and especially newly signed Joe Pieterson feel about this? Personally i would have loved to see Earl “The Pearl” Rose join the Sharks but guess we cant have everything…

  • Comment 103, posted at 02.06.15 08:25:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 103) : The only happiness I get out of Joe and Willie signing is that hopefully SP will never touch the Sharks jersey again.

  • Comment 104, posted at 02.06.15 08:29:10 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 100) : You might be the only person in the world that doesn’t rate him. ;)

  • Comment 105, posted at 02.06.15 08:30:15 by Ben Reply
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  • The Sharks signing a 25 year old – now I have heard everything. Seriously this would be a good signing for the Sharks – not sure if it is such a good move for Willie.

  • Comment 106, posted at 02.06.15 08:41:25 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 100) : To be very honest, I am not a Willie le Roux fan at all,he has a huge ego…but then, not all rugby players will be as humble as Lambie,they are told everyday from primary school level how awesome they are. But give credit where it is due,he has really impressed me since last year,which I hate to admit, and he will definitely add to an area where the sharks are lacking,their attack in the backline. Having both him and Lambie as possible first reveivers, will add something to our game that has been lacking for a while now

  • Comment 107, posted at 02.06.15 08:47:46 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 107) : Id much rather have a ego player vs a humble player against the All Blacks.

  • Comment 108, posted at 02.06.15 08:53:08 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Leon Schrenk (Comment 60) : Both unfortunately signed with the lions till 2016

  • Comment 109, posted at 02.06.15 08:56:35 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 107) : yes and Sithole now finding some serious form, maybe our backline can start ticking next year. all we need now is for some form of coaching to start happening

  • Comment 110, posted at 02.06.15 08:56:48 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 103) : Ah, the Tiger Woods of rugby!

  • Comment 111, posted at 02.06.15 08:58:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 104) : SP on the wing really isnt a bad option hey- he is actually pretty decent there. Quicker than Odwa.

  • Comment 112, posted at 02.06.15 08:59:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 100) : I disagree…his distribution in general is really good, he does create much and certainly makes far less mistakes than a guy like Gavin Johnson used to… :lol:

  • Comment 113, posted at 02.06.15 09:00:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 107) : This I agree with…

  • Comment 114, posted at 02.06.15 09:00:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • So the cat being out the bag steals a bit of tomorrow’s thunder…?

  • Comment 115, posted at 02.06.15 09:02:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 112) : If you want every ball passed to him kicked out on the full sure.

  • Comment 116, posted at 02.06.15 09:03:57 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 113) : Maybe I am being overly critical, I just think he is over hyped. Will have to wait and see how he slots in at the sharks.

  • Comment 117, posted at 02.06.15 09:04:58 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Willie is at his best when he’s allowed to run the quick phase ball operations as first receiver. That’s when he can shred sides to pieces.

    Stick him in a team where the scrumhalf has to direct players into position and you might as well play Jannie at fullback. Since this is how the Sharks play I reckon Willie will be wasting his talent in Durban.

  • Comment 118, posted at 02.06.15 09:07:10 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 111) : Serious missed opportunity there i feel…although maybe the amount of strapping he uses cant fit in the budget

  • Comment 119, posted at 02.06.15 09:07:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Dis willie le roux

  • Comment 120, posted at 02.06.15 09:10:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • Rob why don’t you do a Super Rugby season player rating.
    One based on performance and a second based on value for money.
    For instance Alberts,Deysel,Kankowski,score nothing on value for money,each having played less than four games and probably costing in the top 5% of salaries.
    Be quite an interesting exercise.
    Also like to see a follow up on your pre season article,where you predicted our season hung on the performance of 5 players.

  • Comment 121, posted at 02.06.15 09:20:34 by The hound Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 108) : Can’t argue with that ;)

  • Comment 122, posted at 02.06.15 09:21:21 by HeinF Reply

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  • Willie le Roux to join the Sharks

    SharksCheetahs and Springbok fullback Willie le Roux will join the Sharks from the 2016 season.

  • Comment 123, posted at 02.06.15 09:22:05 by Esmo Reply

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  • Rob, please can you tell me what happened to Jack Wilson and Paul Perez? Did we just pay them for a holiday to Durbs?

  • Comment 124, posted at 02.06.15 09:22:41 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 110) : Yes, we really can have a dangerous and attacking game next year, if the coaches do their job properly. They really can’t complain about the talent at their disposal

  • Comment 125, posted at 02.06.15 09:23:35 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 117) : Yeah, we’ll see. I think he’ll be a good signing…

  • Comment 126, posted at 02.06.15 09:29:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 119) : :mrgreen:

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 118) : I’m still hoping that can change…please?

  • Comment 128, posted at 02.06.15 09:32:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 115) : I’m not going to write anything more about it until we have the official confirmation. That’s out of respect.

  • Comment 129, posted at 02.06.15 09:36:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 98) : correct

  • Comment 130, posted at 02.06.15 09:36:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • They must have offered Willie a MOERSE package for him to come to the Sharks. Money talks indeed it seems..
    @Uli Boelie (Comment 90) : Agreed, he will be transformed from a running-attack-minded fullback to an kicking everything away and never-joining-the-backline fullback. Waste of talent indeed :sad:
    @Bokhoring (Comment 106) : Only good thing for Willie is the money ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 131, posted at 02.06.15 09:40:25 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 129) : Good work…

  • Comment 132, posted at 02.06.15 09:46:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 130) : That’s good news…the “being done with Japan” part I mean…

  • Comment 133, posted at 02.06.15 09:47:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • You all seem to have lost the plot! :lol: Naka Drotske has been signed to replace Bismarck, Ollie le Roux pending (just waiting for sponsorship commitment from Burger King!)to replace Jannie.Os du Rand was unavailable due to Japanese stint.Mark Andrews & Steve Atherton both said they would be available to cover 4/5 should the need arise, so we seem sorted with “new” players for now. :lol: :twisted: :cool:

  • Comment 134, posted at 02.06.15 09:52:16 by markm Reply

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  • Willie – don’t like the attitude. Love the skill.

  • Comment 135, posted at 02.06.15 10:01:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 131) :

    He has already been transformed into a mosty never-joining-the-backline fullback by HM.

    Wille was really bad for the Cheetahs this year. I’m hoping the Sharks coaches are actually buying him for the value he can bring to a team as a creative player and that they would try to give him the space needed to flourish creatively at the Sharks.

  • Comment 136, posted at 02.06.15 10:06:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • Super Rugby 2016 Backline:

    15. Willie le Roux
    14. JPP/Sithole
    13. Jordaan/ Sithole
    12. Steyn/ Andre
    11. Mvovo
    10. Lambie
    9. Reinach/ Ungerer

  • Comment 137, posted at 02.06.15 10:08:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 118) : Exactly

  • Comment 138, posted at 02.06.15 10:08:31 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 137) : After seeing Heimar shred the Rebels defence, I would not mind giving him more opportunity at 12 as well.

  • Comment 139, posted at 02.06.15 10:09:45 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 128) : You have a connection in high places. Put a good word in for the Sharkies. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 140, posted at 02.06.15 10:10:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Willie is the next best signing to Jesse Kriel,he’s a great buy and a much needed player in a position that is a serious deficiency at the Sharks.
    But some turkeys are never happy and if we had signed Sonny Bill and Israel Dagg they would have been unhappy to.

  • Comment 141, posted at 02.06.15 10:13:13 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 141) : Kriel also would have been my first choice, but personal feelings aside, le Roux is a very good buy. He is quick, very good option as a first receiver,has a decent boot and is fearless under the high ball. Between him, lambie and reinach, we have 3 guys who are exceptional under the high ball

  • Comment 142, posted at 02.06.15 10:16:32 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 141) : Some turkeys see the wood for the trees. If the Sharks continue with the dour “game plan”, which has made us the most mind-numbingly boring side to watch with the results to go with it, then signing the likes of le Roux is counter-productive because he just doesn’t successfully fit into such a setup.

    Our only hope is a backline with brains to read Willie’s game and a game plan for them to express themselves. So maybe Ungerer, Lambie, Mvovo, Williams, Sithole, Odwa, Willie would work.

  • Comment 143, posted at 02.06.15 10:17:37 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Peeps, kriel will never happen I can tell you that now so move on. As for us Turkeys, well speaking for myself the way I see it, you can have the best names in the world but if your coaching team aren’t good enough to manage the team and the players then they won’t perform.

  • Comment 144, posted at 02.06.15 10:21:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 48) : “and there’s a little bit of how’s your father” hahaha Joel Stransky what a tool

  • Comment 145, posted at 02.06.15 10:23:23 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 143) : So what is your answer,keep the same players fire the coaching staff.
    Willie is a great buy,its a positive move,hell man you are just so bloody negative.

  • Comment 146, posted at 02.06.15 10:31:35 by The hound Reply
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  • Come on, do you guys really believe that the Sharks will just plod on the way they have been this last season. Seriously, if us guys can see whats happening then you can be assured that those with far more invested in the team have also seen it.

  • Comment 147, posted at 02.06.15 10:41:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • So nay sayers, must the Sharks stop looking to buying in players – regardless of whether there is a change in coaching or not.

  • Comment 148, posted at 02.06.15 10:46:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 148) : They need to show intent and willingness to change the structure completely. Build a working game plan and a positive team environment. The coaching staff need to go out of their comfort zones to find a working formula.

    Yes we need new players, I think the big complaint though is that new players is not going to magically fix things. Some people are willing to forgive and forget, some people are hesitant and want to see proof of change. And others will not be happy until we are back to being the best.

  • Comment 149, posted at 02.06.15 10:57:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 148) : No ways….John has my blessing. He must just buy as much talent as possible. He must get a nice mix. I am not prepared to have another SR like this.

  • Comment 150, posted at 02.06.15 11:03:46 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I think it might be William Small-Smith. But at least there seems to be acknowledgement that there is a problem from Sharks management.

  • Comment 151, posted at 02.06.15 11:08:40 by YamYam Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 149) : When were we the best?

    BTW why do you say that Kriel will not come to the Sharks?

  • Comment 152, posted at 02.06.15 11:09:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • do any of you guys rate William Small Smith? rumour has it…

  • Comment 153, posted at 02.06.15 11:20:11 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 152) : We won the SA conference last year….and have made it to the Super Rugby Finals 4 times. So maybe not the Best, but there or there about. Definitely not wooden spoon contenders.

    He is happy at the Bulls, is studying up there and has a 1st team starting spot which has more than likely gained him a spot in the Bok squad. Plus the Bulls can offer him more money then anything we could offer. So why on earth would he move?

  • Comment 154, posted at 02.06.15 11:28:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 153) : Really, over and above the Willie signing?

  • Comment 155, posted at 02.06.15 11:31:01 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 153) :

    Good outside centre prospect for sure. And seeing that we’ve been picking JPP there all season it would seem that we need one.

  • Comment 156, posted at 02.06.15 11:34:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 154) : Because he is a Natal boy at heart,and would you really want to live in Pretoria,and share a dressing room with Dean Greyling.?

  • Comment 157, posted at 02.06.15 11:37:57 by The hound Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 154) : Are you sure the Bulls can offer him more money? Anyway its a moot point now seeing that the Sharks have just signed the big fish.

  • Comment 158, posted at 02.06.15 11:38:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 157) : Im not sure, he seems to have embraced the Bulls culture to the hilt.

  • Comment 159, posted at 02.06.15 11:43:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I like Small Smith and the fact he played together with Jordaan at school.He smashed his leg very badly in the junior world cup ,the year he was the captain.I don’t think he has got back to the form he had before that accident,shades of Louis Ludik.

  • Comment 160, posted at 02.06.15 11:44:15 by The hound Reply
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  • This announcement doesn’t seem to be much of a secret anymore, every news agency has already announced Willie’s signing as a fact.

  • Comment 161, posted at 02.06.15 11:48:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • So Laurie Weeks got 3 weeks.

    I’m wondering what the opinion of that is here, since I know generally the guy he punched is not very well like here, I thought I might get some perspective here.

  • Comment 162, posted at 02.06.15 11:49:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 159) : I haven’t spoken to him in years, but every second post on Facebook is Bulls, it’s clear to see he loves the bulls. I just don’t see what we could possibly offer him that would make him move.

  • Comment 163, posted at 02.06.15 11:50:27 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 162) : Well for starters Weeks will have no career in boxing after rugby – connect five punches and the other guy does not even blink.

  • Comment 164, posted at 02.06.15 11:51:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 162) :

    “I found the incident to have a mid-range entry point” says SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden.

    Is repeated punches to the face a mid-range entry point?

  • Comment 165, posted at 02.06.15 11:51:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 164) :

    I don’t think many guys would be able to get a punch it that would knock Jannie out.

  • Comment 166, posted at 02.06.15 11:55:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 162) : He got off lightly, multiple punches to the face.

    As for Jannie, vasbyt, we are still going to cry big tears when we see the effect of not having him there anymore.

  • Comment 167, posted at 02.06.15 11:56:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • So maybe we getting a few surprises;)

    http://mobi.supersport.com/rugby/sa-rugby/news/150602/Bulls_set_to_lose_another_young_star

  • Comment 168, posted at 02.06.15 12:05:59 by YamYam Reply
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  • Have read that the Sharks are looking in to get Small_ Smith?

  • Comment 169, posted at 02.06.15 12:08:47 by duncanbetteridge Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 153) : Sign him. Would have loved to get Pat Howard though.

  • Comment 170, posted at 02.06.15 12:17:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @duncanbetteridge (Comment 169) : Given that Frans is in all likelihood moving to France, I would welcome that!

  • Comment 171, posted at 02.06.15 12:23:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 162) : it is a bloody travesty. Very surprised so little fuss is made. I was convinced we are looking at a 12 month suspension. By monday I calmed down a bit and thought realistically 12-18 weeks. I promise you, no I swear to you if it was a saffer he’d be out for the year.

  • Comment 172, posted at 02.06.15 12:23:42 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Seems William Small Smith also headed to the Tank

  • Comment 173, posted at 02.06.15 12:24:58 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 167) : Yup…

  • Comment 174, posted at 02.06.15 12:27:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 171) : We did you see that, all i have heard is that he wants to stay and the Sharks want to keep him?

  • Comment 175, posted at 02.06.15 12:28:12 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 175) : http://www.superxv.co.za/46628/1/spies-and-steyn-linked-to-french-club-montpellier#.VW2FcnwaK9s

  • Comment 176, posted at 02.06.15 12:30:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 156) : Doesn’t WSS play 12…or does he play both centres?

  • Comment 177, posted at 02.06.15 12:34:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 176) : :cry:

  • Comment 178, posted at 02.06.15 12:34:53 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 177) : seems pretty happy either 12 or 13

  • Comment 179, posted at 02.06.15 12:39:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 140) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 180, posted at 02.06.15 12:39:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 179) : Ah excellent…

  • Comment 181, posted at 02.06.15 12:40:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 179) : Any news that this might actually happen. Little I have seen he seems talented.

  • Comment 182, posted at 02.06.15 12:44:31 by YamYam Reply
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  • Willie le roux

  • Comment 183, posted at 02.06.15 12:46:33 by MJ Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 162) : Jannie should have received the same ban as Laurie Weeks. Without Jannie’s actions Weeks action would not have happened. Simple as that any way you spin it. Its not the way they work though but just my opinion.

  • Comment 184, posted at 02.06.15 12:56:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 176) : Ai Steyntjie… Cmon boet, do the right thing…

  • Comment 185, posted at 02.06.15 13:03:02 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 184) : Its a pity that we didnt see what transpired before the Jannie slap but one of the commentators mentioned that he was retaliating (apparently visible form that far off footage)
    I have long advocated that the instigator gets the same or even heavier ban than the retaliator but that just not how it works.

  • Comment 186, posted at 02.06.15 13:07:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 146) : I wish I knew the answer.

    We need coaches and players with the ability to work out and implement a winning game strategy, which hopefully leads to a winning game culture.

    For that one has to play to your strengths, which with a guy like Willie means completely changing the way the Sharks approach the game, because the current game plan sucks.

    Since I haven’t seen anything remotely akin to the kind of standard necessary from either a coaching or player standpoint (ex the obvious individual standout performances), I reserve the right to be a sceptic.

    The old saying horses for courses comes to mind. Willie is a racehorse entering a plowing field, unless our approach changes wholesale.

  • Comment 187, posted at 02.06.15 13:14:49 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 184) :

    :shock:

  • Comment 188, posted at 02.06.15 13:17:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • So a possible backline could then be:

    Ungerer
    Lambie
    Mvovo
    Williams
    Small-Smith
    Sithole
    le Roux

    Not bad

  • Comment 189, posted at 02.06.15 13:20:18 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • WSS would be a class signing for 13! Sbura seems to have embraced wing now and his work rates was way up.

    Jordaan is always likely to have injuries and Esterhuizen needs more work. We can also use WSS leadership skills.

    if we look at a possible setup of:
    9 Reinach & Ungerer
    10 Lambie & Radebe
    11 Sbura
    12 Steyn , Esterhuizen & Williams
    13 Jordaan & WSS
    14 Mvovo
    Le Roux

    we suddenly have x factor plus youth again. If PSDT and MC stay, the future def looks much brighter!!!

  • Comment 190, posted at 02.06.15 13:20:43 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 189) : Not bad at all…

  • Comment 191, posted at 02.06.15 13:21:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I see Supersport mentioning Cornal H also in negotiations with a few provinces inc Sharks. Any truth?

    Not too keen on this one though..

  • Comment 192, posted at 02.06.15 13:29:43 by Kabouter Reply

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  • What the hell is happening at the Cheetahs, coaches bailing early, players seemingly for sale. Nee man.

  • Comment 193, posted at 02.06.15 13:31:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 186) :

    I dont think anything happened that would excuse Jannie’s slap. I don’t like that kind of stuff. It gives rugby a bad name.

  • Comment 194, posted at 02.06.15 13:32:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • Didn’t Bon Jovi sing that? You give rugby a bad name? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 195, posted at 02.06.15 13:38:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 192) : Sign him. We also need a quality 14. Cash from dup brothers coming in handy. Now to get a proper backline coach.

  • Comment 196, posted at 02.06.15 13:48:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 194) : Agreed, just saying what the commentator mentioned.

    Do you think there was no provocation / niggle and that Jannie just decided to give the guy a tight slap. If so then maybe it really is time that Jannie got on his bicycle, whether we miss him or not.

  • Comment 197, posted at 02.06.15 13:50:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 194) : Does Jannie’s slap then excuse Weeks’ punches?

  • Comment 198, posted at 02.06.15 13:54:13 by Ben Reply
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  • Sharks just announced Willie’s signing on their facebook page….I suppose while the cat was already out the bag they might as well announce early!

  • Comment 199, posted at 02.06.15 14:01:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 197) :

    No, there must have been something and he did just give the guy a good old smack but still, for whatever reason it was, I feel like rugby players should restrain themselves and keep their aggression in the game.

    @Ben (Comment 198) :

    Not at all.

    I don’t think that’s what I was alluding to at all, quite the opposite actually. Very rarely do I think there is any justification for off ball incidents. Deysel and Bismarck were clearly frustrated by players playing them of the ball, but I don’t think “hitting back in anger” is ever the answer.

    The difference is the degree with which each player reacted. Bissie with his boot, Deseyl with his knee, Jannie with his open palm, Weaks repeatedly with his fists. While I would like attention to be given to the instigators, I feel that it is well in each players control to react with some dignity and control and non of the above did so.

  • Comment 200, posted at 02.06.15 15:23:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 200) : I agree.

  • Comment 201, posted at 02.06.15 15:44:50 by Ben Reply
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  • Pieter Rossouw for back line coach!!!!!

  • Comment 202, posted at 03.06.15 01:40:50 by JD Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 194) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 197) : ja must say I agree with you maybe time for Doc and a couple of the old guard to move to Japan or Europe and let the youngsters (that did not leave because of them) shine!!!!!

  • Comment 203, posted at 03.06.15 01:44:28 by JD Reply
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